For my first real blog on WordPress I want to revisit something that I blogged about on MySpace a while back.
After the recent mid-term elections in the States, my awareness of this whole area was rekindled. The American 2-party political system amazes and saddens me at the same time. Add to this the magic ingredient of Christianity and you have fun and games on your hands. For those who don’t know me, I’m a committed Christian and, despite being a Scotsman, I am pretty fascinated by America and especially the way Christianity is viewed and presented there by many people. I’ll post my original blog below…
“Regardless of what Pat Robertson may think, God is not a Republican.
I watch some of the Christian channels from time to time. Most of them are pretty good, some of the programming is excellent, some poor. But in all my years of televisual absorbance, I have never in my life seen anything on a par with Pat Robertson’s “The 700 Club”.
For those of you who haven’t seen it, ‘The 700 Club’ is a half hour Party Political Broadcast for the Republican Party (Robertson ran for election in 1988) which masquerades as a Christianity / Human interest / News show.
Now, I’m not an American. I’m not therefore a Republican nor a Democrat. However, I am a Christian and I also consider myself to be pretty tuned in to issues of blatant, nay flagrant political bias. When virtually every “News” item paints the picture ‘Republicans Good – Democrats Bad’ and gives you the impression that if you are a Christian then, by default you must be a Republican, you have to ask some serious questions.
Well, Pat, I got news for you. The God I believe in is not politically affiliated. He is the God of the Bible, not of the Republican Party. The American 2-party system of politics is unhealthy enough without any unnecessary bias.
Keep God in your news by all means. Keep politics in your news too. You can even have God in your politics. But for crying out loud, stop giving us all the impression that God shares your freaking politics.
I’ve been accused of arrogance in the past, but even I have never been arrogant enough to suggest that God agrees with my political views. The best I can hope for is for me to share a few of his.
Get a grip, Pat.”
My friend Jonathan and I were talking about this recently and he introduced me to Barack Obama. Not personally, you understand. Being a Scotsman, my exposure to US politicians only extends so far. I downloaded his “Call to Renewal” address and was pleasantly surprised to hear issues of politics and christianity being talked about simultaneously, sensibly and with integrity and balance without any of the maddening capital-R-religious rhetoric that both extents of the political pendulum employ.
I like Barack Obama.