Poisonous Fruit From Christian Disunity

Warning: This post contains political as well as religious commentary.  If you just can’t take anymore, I understand completely.  I could barely finish writing it myself.

Question Set 1:

What church does Sen. McCain attend?
Answer: I have no idea.

What about Obama?  Well, he used to go to Trinity United Church of Christ but then of course left it during the campaign after Rev. Wright’s sermons became public.  I don’t know where he goes now.

VP-elect Biden: Roman Catholic Church of course.

Gov. Palin: Some Pentecostal one I think?

Question Set 2:

What are the moral teachings of each of the above public officials’ churches and does each one follow those church’s teachings?

McCain: I don’t know on either part.
Obama: His old church’s moral teachings are opposed to traditional Christian moral teachings, and he seems to follow these heterodox beliefs.
Biden: The Catholic Church’s moral teachings are easy to find and well-known (or “infamous” in many circles), and Biden doesn’t follow these teachings on the non-negotiable issues.
Palin: I don’t know what her church teaches but it probably has traditional teachings which she seems to follow.

So there are two potential problems that can happen when a person, in this case these prominent leaders, tries to form their intellect in the moral truths of Christ:

1. Their church community has gone off the rails in a big or small way and thus doesn’t teach the truth, and
2. Their church community does teach the truth but the person doesn’t follow it

Either one can catch a person, or both can; the result is that the person believes things that are not true or doesn’t believe things that are true, and then they make decisions on a daily basis off their erroneous formation.

Both are bad.  In the first case, we have Obama following teachings that lead to his support of same-sex unions (and in effect, “marriage”, but that’s another blog post coming soon), embryo-destructive research, abortions for any and no reasons whenever and wherever and funded by tax dollars, etc., which all directly contradict traditional Christian moral principles and the natural law.

But, we have grown so accustomed in our country to Christian disunity on so many issues, that now we barely bat an eye when someone believes and does such evil things and still claims to be a Christian.

In the second case, we have only Biden of the four leaders who has taken the curious position of calling himself a Catholic while rejecting what it means to be a Catholic!  This somewhat incredible situation is also so common to us that we don’t even think twice about it most of the time.

Even when Biden (joining Sen. Pelosi) has the unmitigated gall to contradict his bishop’s correction and the Church’s clear teachings, we yawn, and hey, we even elect the man to be the Vice President of the United States.

My point is less political and more a call to Christians to recognize that the disunity amongst us has had horribly deleterious consequences; this can’t be what Christ desires, so we must pray, think, and act to become unified in the truth.

This blog isn’t dedicated to that mandate from Christ, but Mr. Cross’ blog is, and others are as well.

May Christ give us the grace to overcome the divisions between us and unite as one Church, believing and serving the Truth in its fullness!

This Is What We’re Looking For

Love it.  All of it.  Sara Palin:

“In this same spirit, as defenders of the culture of life, John McCain and I believe in the goodness and potential of every innocent life. I believe the truest measure of any society is how it treats those who are least able to defend and speak for themselves. And who is more vulnerable, or more innocent, than a child?

When I learned that my son Trig would have special needs, I had to prepare my heart for the challenges to come. At first I was scared, and Todd and I had to ask for strength and understanding. But I can tell you a few things I’ve learned already.

Yes, every innocent life matters. Everyone belongs in the circle of protection. Every child has something to contribute to the world, if we give them that chance. There are the world’s standards of perfection … and then there are God’s, and these are the final measure. Every child is beautiful before God, and dear to Him for their own sake.

As for our beautiful baby boy, for Todd and me, he is only more precious because he is vulnerable. In some ways, I think we stand to learn more from him than he does from us. When we hold Trig and care for him, we don’t feel scared anymore. We feel blessed.

It’s hard to think of many issues that could possibly be more important than who is protected in law and who isn’t – who is granted life and who is denied it. So when our opponent, Senator Obama, speaks about questions of life, I listen very carefully.

I listened when he defended his unconditional support for unlimited abortions. He said that a woman shouldn’t have to be – quote – “punished with a baby.” He said that right here in Johnstown –“punished with a baby” – and it’s about time we called him on it. The more I hear from Senator Obama, the more I understand why he is so vague and evasive on the subject. Americans need to see his record for what it is. It’s not negative or mean-spirited to talk to about his record. Whatever party you belong to, there are facts you need to know.

Senator Obama has voted against bills to end partial-birth abortion. In the Illinois Senate, a bipartisan majority passed legislation against that practice. Senator Obama opposed that bill. He voted against it in committee, and voted “present” on the Senate floor. In that legislature, “present” is how you vote when you’re against something, but don’t want to be held to account.

Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Democrat, described partial-birth abortion as “too close to infanticide.” Barack Obama thinks it’s a constitutional right, but he is wrong.

Most troubling, as a state senator, Barack Obama wouldn’t even stand up for the rights of infants born alive during an abortion. These infants – often babies with special needs – are simply left to die.

In 2002, Congress unanimously passed a federal law to require medical care for those babies who survive an abortion. They’re living, breathing babies, but Senator Obama describes them as “pre-viable.” This merciful law was called the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. Illinois had a version of the same law. Obama voted against it.

Asked about this vote, Senator Obama assured a reporter that he’d have voted “yes” on that bill if it had contained language similar to the federal version of the Born Alive Act. There’s just one little problem with that story: the language of both the state and federal bills was identical.

In short, Senator Obama is a politician who has long since left behind even the middle ground on the issue of life. He has sided with those who won’t even protect a child born alive. And this exposes the emptiness of his promises to move beyond the “old politics.”

In both parties, Americans have many concerns to be weighed in the votes they cast on November fourth. In times like these, with wars and a financial crisis, it’s easy to forget even as deep and abiding a concern as the right to life. And it seems our opponent hopes that you will forget. Like so much else in his agenda, he hopes you won’t notice how radical his ideas and record are until it’s too late.

But let there be no misunderstanding about the stakes.

A vote for Barack Obama is a vote for activist courts that will continue to smother the open and democratic debate we need on this issue, at both the state and federal level. A vote for Barack Obama would give the ultimate power over the issue of life to a politician who has never once done anything to protect the unborn. As Senator Obama told Pastor Rick Warren, it’s above his pay grade.

For a candidate who talks so often about “hope,” he offers no hope at all in meeting this great challenge to the conscience of America. There is a growing consensus in our country that we can overcome narrow partisanship on this issue, and bring all the resources of a generous country to the aid of both women in need and the child waiting to be born. We need more of the compassion and idealism that our opponent’s own party, at its best, once stood for. We need the clarity and conviction of leaders like the late Governor Bob Casey.

He represented a humanity that speaks to all of us – no matter what our party, our background, our faith, or our gender. And no matter your position on this sensitive subject, I hope that spirit will guide you on Election Day. I ask you to vote for McCain-Palin on the November fourth, and help us to bring this country together in the rational discussion of compassion and life.”