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6.01.2007    |    "Hired strategists" for faith?
It is sometimes amusing to read what the liberal mainstream media writes about religion. But what comes across for the most part is the sense of a cultural anthropologist working down among the primitives. There's a sense of detachment, for one thing: these crazy natives and their cargo cult.

It seems that those who write for papers such as the Washington Post are also prone to ignore the blatant cynicism that is the norm among left-wing candidates. From this fairly typical story, headlined "Faith Playing Larger Role in 2008 Race." Virtually the same story was in the air during the 2004 and 2004 campaigns, as Democrats attempted to regain some lost ground among evangelicals. They were, naturally, attempting to do what some Republicans had been doing for some time.

The difference? The Republicans were more likely to actually be faithful Christians; for them, it wasn't a matter of studying faith in order to tweak their message. For those Republicans for whom speaking truly about faith was a form of speaking in a foreign language, I've got as little respect as I do for those Democrats who are doing so. Just that Democrats are much more likely to be faking it.

Now we see the Donk response for 2008. Faith isn't something that informs your inner core and guides how you live your life. Oh no. Faith is something you pander to and make a part of your strategy. The Post reports this without so much as a hint that this approach is almost a complete negation of what faith should be. From the story:
Democratic Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama have hired strategists to focus on reaching religious voters. Obama's campaign holds a weekly conference call with key supporters in early primary and caucus states whose role is to spread the candidate's message to religious leaders and opinionmakers and report their concerns to the campaign.
"Hired strategists" says it all. No matter what else is said or done, a politician who needs to hire a "strategist" is, at the very least, unsure of his faith. And a huckster, looking for the best way to fool a sufficiency of voters.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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