Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Did he just say that?

This James Dobson quote is from a Reuters Article:
“I am convinced Sen. McCain is not a conservative, and in fact, has gone out of his way to stick his thumb in the eyes of those who are … I cannot, and will not, vote for Sen. John McCain, as a matter of conscience,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.
Later on he says:
“I believe this general election will offer the worst choices for president in my lifetime. I certainly can’t vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama based on their virulently anti-family policy positions. If these are the nominees in November, I simply will not cast a ballot for president for the first time in my life,” he said.
Click here to read the full statement if you want to.

You know, I had a rant written - but I don't feel like posting it. It's Ash Wednesday and I'm pretty much musing on my own sin at the moment. What I will point out is that someone who has spent the last decade or so trying to get Christians politically active has just threatened not to vote if he doesn't get his way. People wonder why I have absolutely no desire to call myself and Evangelical any more?

5 comments:

Dr. Qohelet said...

Man, someone needs to just theologically pimp-slap that man. Hard.

Erik said...

well, there are worse things than an election without dobson voting.

Matt said...

Isn't Dobson not voting a win for all people of faith?

Michael said...

@Matt

Indeed! Indeed it is! (rubbing hands together feverishly)

wezlo said...

No, I really don't think it is. I'm really not trying to objectify him - much as I disagree with him on...well...practically every political point. If he follows through he's demonstrating the very type of "fine I'll take my ball and go home" mentality that is killing churches all over this country. So, while I can't say I'll "miss" his vote based on his politics - I will miss it based on the faith he claims to follow.

It would be one thing to say, as the Mennonites tend to do, "We are servants of the Kingdom of Heaven and therefore won't enable the power-brokers of this current age." It's another to say, "Wahhh wahhh, I don't want to play anymore" while claiming the mantle of Christ.

But yes, he needs some serious theological pimp-slapping.