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Surely everyone who reads this site has repeatedly heard it claimed that the so-called “religious right” has too much influence in American politics. Here’s a theory for you: The events of the past few weeks show that we need more, not less, Christian convictions “salting,” so to speak, our public debates. I’d posit two reasons for this.
1. Conservative Messiah Watch, as repeatedly denounced by my friend David. We’re sick and tired of it. There is no perfect conservative, because there is no perfect man. As David recently wrote about the latest flame of the Conservative Messiah Watchers, Senator Thompson, his political “career is marked by some changes and inconsistencies” because, well, he’s “a flesh and blood person.” Christians should not be surprised by this. We know that man is fallen. We know that none is righteous, not even one. We know that we never, in this life, have perfect knowledge–and that means that if we are honest, we will have to change our minds on some things. And it seems to me that if more people who actually knew and lived by the doctrines of the Bible were engaged in this race, we’d see less of this silliness. The real “Messiah Watch,” Christians know, is over, and in all seriousness, no other one should be undertaken. It will only disappoint. I wish we had more people looking at 2008 who were more concerned with trumpeting the true Messiah than looking for an earthly one.
2. The tone of some recent discussions. I can’t count the number of times we here at EFM have been called “liars” and all sorts of other names in the past few weeks for reporting some basic, well-sourced information about Senator Thompson’s political career. As we have pointed out repeatedly, these charges are false–but I must say they are still unnerving. I’m amazed by the vitriol surrounding this race–already. Come on, guys. It’s March 2007. And even if it were October 2008…this is only politics. Politics is not life–and even if it were, the events of this life pale in comparison to those of the next. If more people kept that in mind, I don’t think we’d see so much rushing to judgment, unjust condemnation of others, and scrambling to scream the loudest–all in response to some very temperate and fair comments about an issue of public concern. I’d much prefer some more speaking the truth in love to what I’ve seen lately.
Am I wrong?

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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