I’m Not Voting For McCain Either!

Imagine my surprise to learn that my post about the deification of Barack “new jesus” Obama (and his subsequent pursuit of the “faith community”) has ruffled a few feathers.

I received lots of “feedback” (yeah, let’s just call it that) from people who want to do me bodily harm because I’m calling out Barack Obama on his faux Christian stance and the endless fawning that he’s privyed to on a daily basis. One email was from a friend of this blog, and I’ve been given permission to share it with everyone as the basis for defending my overall opinion regarding this presidential race:

Dear ST:

I follow politics pretty closely, and I have yet to feel/sense any Christian is equating Barack Obama with Jesus or a spiritual saviour.  I do see people enthusiastically endorsing his candidacy for various reasons.  But the deification I really don’t see or hear much of in my circles or in the news media in general.  The merchandise that you are showing is simply directed at and provided for Christians who support him. Period. Are you now questioning the Christianinty of his supporters?

It’s obvious that you are no fan of Sen. Obama’s as your commentaries are very hostile concerning him.  But, in the spirit of the fairness doctrine, don’t you think it’s time that you shared a little of that hostility with his opponent and the christians that are on his bandwagon?  Or do you feel that he is a “true’ Christian?  If not, why only attack Sen. Obama? Is there something else going on here? I have yet to see you dedicate a critical post to Sen.McCain and his running mate.  If you have, please point me in that direction.

And, finally, you might have already seen this site, but it’s www.jamesdobsondoesntspeakforme.comwhich was started by a Rev. Kirbyjohn Caldwell and I believe some other Christian ministers.  I think you might find it a good read.  It provides context for many of Sen. Obama’s remarks as opposed to simple “sound bites.”

You know I love and I’m not trying to pick a fight….

I sincerely respect the person who wrote this email. We’ve disagreed before, but we always end up at the same place – defending the Gospel and loving God.

Now that I’ve dispensed with the mushy stuff, let me “break it down”:

I follow politics pretty closely, and I have yet to feel/sense any Christian is equating Barack Obama with Jesus or a spiritual saviour.  I do see people enthusiastically endorsing his candidacy for various reasons.  But the deification I really don’t see or hear much of in my circles or in the news media in general. 

Gospel singers are making songs about how hope resides in him, Jesse Jackson “sees a new heaven” in him, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. wants to add a new chapter to the bible to acknowledge him, and many supporters call him “the messiah”. All that aside, the mainstream media has fallen in love with him as well. While people may not come out and call Obama the “new jesus”, they certainly infer it (it’s the really stupid and giddy ones who faint at the sight of him and really do think he’s God’s chosen Son).

The merchandise that you are showing is simply directed at and provided for Christians who support him. Period. Are you now questioning the Christianinty of his supporters?

The trinkets that I showed in the previous post is junk that folks are pushing to the faith community (and others) to show that “he’s one of us”.It’s basic marketing. I don’t know if his supporters are “real Christians” – and I frankly don’t care. I think many folks are just swept up in the hype – and racial pride is driving a lot of the overlooking of sound reason when supporting Obama.

It’s obvious that you are no fan of Sen. Obama’s as your commentaries are very hostile concerning him.  But, in the spirit of the fairness doctrine, don’t you think it’s time that you shared a little of that hostility with his opponent and the christians that are on his bandwagon?

I’m no fan of Obama’s, but I don’t think my posts have been hostile. I’m a quick-witted guy, so my commentary can be a bit biting, but not hostile. I’ve been far more hostile in exposing some of the degenerate pulpit pimps out there today. For the record, I’M NOT VOTING FOR MCCAIN/PALIN EITHER.

I choose to focus on Obama because as a black man I am constantly told that I must vote for him as a nod to my ancestors and that “we may never have another black viable candidate again”. McCain is not a Christian either, and my brother Independent Conservative (a political and Christian blog, BTW) has exhaustively covered both of these pretenders (Obama and McCain). I don’t dedicate any space to McCain/Palin because most folks can see that they’re about as doctrinally sound as pregnant nuns – it’s Obama that is a bit more cunning and chameleon-like, thus he warrants attention from a member of the “faith community”.

And, finally, you might have already seen this site, but it’s www.jamesdobsondoesntspeakforme.comwhich was started by a Rev. Kirbyjohn Caldwell and I believe some other Christian ministers.  I think you might find it a good read.  It provides context for many of Sen. Obama’s remarks as opposed to simple “sound bites.”

I don’t give any credence to that phony James Dobson – who held the “evangelic line” against McCain…until Sarah Palin showed up out of nowhere. Now, all of a sudden, McCain (through Palin) has been “born again” :roll:

Also, Kirbyjohn Caldwell is a phony (wanna be) pulpit pimp who is so eager to align himself with Obama that he ignores his previous stand against homosexuality (because Obama believes in “equal rights”). Read this article (and the subsequent links) to get the background on Caldwell.

The bottom line is this, Obamamaniacs (and others): Vote for whomever you want to. Vote early and often. Hand out flyers, organize house parties and prayer circles, volunteer to work the polls for them. It’s a free country and you can vote for whomever you want (or not vote at all).

This blog is my forum to express my opinion in relation to the Word of God – and my opinion is that Barack Obama and John McCain are phony faux Christians who will say and do almost anything to get into office.

There…I’ve gotten that off my chest.

“YES I CAN!”

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14 Responses to “I’m Not Voting For McCain Either!”


  1. 1 Jeanie Franklin September 16, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Well now ST, do ya feel better now?

  2. 2 EnochWalked September 16, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Praise the LORD!

    You know brother Speaking Truth,
    Christians forget that this world is not ours. This kingdom is not ours. If JESUS had come for an earthly kingdom, HIS servants would have fought for HIM. I know this may sound so spiritual that we are no earthly good…but CHRISTIANS are suppose to be loyal to CHRIST and CHRIST alone. HE did not come to start an earthly kingdom, HE came to give us eternal life to escape the condemnation of the world. I know that blows away every Christian who thinks we are to be involved in the political process but we cannot serve GOD and mammon. CHRIST did not come to bring peace to the world but a sword! Folks if ye are looking to save this life, you will lose your life. If ye lose this life, you will have HIS life!

    Brother, you are not alone when you say you are not voting for either Obama or McCain. I stand with you!

  3. 3 speaking truth September 16, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Jeanie – I feel better, for now. I haven’t checked my email in the last 10 minutes, though…

    EnochWalked – thanks for the cosign, brother. I do want to make it clear, however, that although we are not of this world, we can’t just close our eyes and await the Lord’s return (not that you’re suggesting that). We should still choose whether or not to have our voices heard.

  4. 4 Pastor Jim September 16, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    ST
    I sure enjoy your posts. Gets me churning!

    This line – “I choose to focus on Obama because as a black man I am constantly told that I must vote for him as a nod to my ancestors and that “we may never have another black viable candidate again”.” Well spoken.

    It leads to several other questions – which may be uncomfortable coming from a white man – but I am willing to take the risk.

    Why the pressure to hurry up and vote for the first viable black candidate?

    When I was a kid, my parents took me around door to door getting out the vote for Jimmy Carter ‘because he is a born again Christian’ and therefore every evangelical should vote for him.

    What happens if he can’t bring all the change he’s promised? What then?

    I’ll stop there and let you reply.

  5. 5 Kyle September 17, 2008 at 3:02 am

    Well lets look at this as a two headed monster. Both the Dems and the Pubs actually agree on a lot more than you think. Just go and google who were the top beneficiaries to their campaigns from the now “nationalized” Freddie Mae and Fannie Mac. Ok! I’ll help you out. #2 on the list Barack Obama. #7 on the list John McCain. Now what about abortion? Well Bush has expanded Govt. to the point where even LBJ would roll in his grave. And surprisingly Planned Parenthood has done quite well under Bush’s willingness to hand out money to everyone. As a side note let me tell you that Prescott Bush was instrumental in establishing Planned Parenthood. Next lets look at Homosexual marriage (so-called). With Dick Cheney’s daughter, Ellen Degenerate receiving marriage advice from Jeana Bush, and Gov Palin dodging the question on homosexuality well we know what’s up now don’t we. And what about a tax and spend liberal? Funny, wasn’t it Bush who made our Govt. deficit double in 8 years. And please don’t blame the war either because WWII which was SO much larger never cost this much.

    In closing I will not be voting this year. It’s all a farce on both sides. With oil prices plummeting and lying about GDP and inflation statistics the powers that be have made it clear that McCain is the man. He needs to finish off where Bush left off in order for us to be fully bankrupt and war ridden to the point we beg for a socialist like Obama in 2012 to save us from our doom.

    Aint the NWO Great!

    Kyle

  6. 6 Brian Foulks September 17, 2008 at 7:00 am

    ST,

    Outstanding brother… This pretty much puts the nail in the coffin for everyone about this race.”Holiness first to we under the Earth”(Everyday Process) is the thought that we manifest as we walk and choose the next president. I have come tothe conclusion that some people validate their stance by checking to see what pastor has agreed with it or disagreed. I tell you the truth we need to take all the bibles and throw them in the garbage.Obviously they are of no use.

    Pastor Jim,

    I would love to add some thoughts on this question: Why the pressure to hurry up and vote for the first viable black candidate?

    Whether I agree with Obama or not this is a major shift right now that I have never seen. If you would have told me that a black man would be in a position to win the presidency I would have said yeah right. I had the opportunity to go to one of the rally that he did here in SC and I must say that it was very unusual to see. You would be hardpress to see something like that here for any other reason. There were 20,000 blacks and 12,000 whites in one place without a football being thrown. I am 34 years old and I have never seen anything like this in my life. Now I do not agree with Obama but I the plight is amazing to me. Once again I do not agree or support the dude but I am amazed by his campaign and fortitude.

    Understand, here is SC it is not uncommon to see and hear people say, “we will not allow that nigger to get into office.” So if at times I get a little slow on the attack it is because I have been in his shoes but on a far smaller scale.

  7. 7 Carlotta September 17, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Well ST, I started off on your board, then went to Independent Conservative’s (IC) board per your link to it to learn more of what you are all talking about McCain. I had already decided long ago I wasn’t voting for Obama. There was way too much information available that showed how much of a Christian he isn’t!

    But I had been going back and forth on McCain, and after a little verbal spar with IC with some info he shared I’m convinced that I’m back to square one now – voting for no president – until I can see a stronger stand for Christ from either candidate.

    And yes, I have received so much flak from my mostly democratic family about not voting for Obama, it’s a shame! Glad that I didn’t put any stickers on my car when I was for McCain, I would have truly been marked for death by many in the black community here in San Diego!

    So anyways, just wanted to post a little note since it was your board I landed on first about McCain.

    Thanks for the info!

  8. 8 speaking truth September 17, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Brian – I feel you, brother. On the one hand, you dont condone Obama’s candidacy, on the other hand you sometimes have to defend him to “others” who go after him because of his race.

    We are not a monolithic people, and while we can empathize (or shake our heads in disgust at ignorant people) – and chide them for their ignorance – we can’t ignore that stupidpeople will say and believe stupid things. I’ve been to Charleston with my wife and kids and heard the remarks of “oh what a beautiful family (along with the stares) – which is code for “y’all aint from around here, are you?” o so I get it.

    Carlotta – just doing my best to be an equal-opportunity offender. I don’t support either of these phony’s so I’ll be voting for senate, local govt, and everything else except the presidency.

  9. 9 speaking truth September 17, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Kyle

    Excellent summation of the entire episode we’re watching today!

    In your usual quite and non-confrontational way ( ;-) ) you broke it down to the floorboards!

  10. 10 speaking truth September 17, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Pastor Jim,

    You asked two very good questions earlier and I completely forgot to reply (sorry) – so here goes:

    Why the pressure to hurry up and vote for the first viable black candidate? What happens if he can’t bring all the change he’s promised? What then?

    Many black folks brushed off Obama when he first announced his candidacy from the steps of the old state capitol in Springfield, IL last year. “Sure he was a young and ambitous guy, but he couldn’t take on Hillary Clinton…Bill Clinton was the first black president!” was the conventional wisdom of the black community. Even the “old school” black politicians brushed him off and lined up behind Hillary.

    Then Obama started winning, and many blacks saw that the winds of change started blowing across the country – and lots of folks of all colors were voting for this black man. Once he captured the nomination, it’s safe to say that Obama had already captured the hearts of a mojority of the black community.

    Quietly, many black folks (like my parents) began to say (in the barbershops and beauty salons) that he wasn’t from the “Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton” school of politics, so he didn’t “scare white folks as much as the others did”. He is considered a “safe negro” to many people.

    Lots of black folks (including 99.9% of my circle of friends and families…all Christians) are seeing this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to (maybe) put a black man in the White House. Folks think that it took this long already, so who knows when the chance may come again. Plus, with all of the hoops that you have to jump through (and side deals that have to be made) in order to get this far, who knows if another brother (or sister) will get this close again.

    It’s a weak argument, yet a viable one being made everyday – thus making me a “sell-out” for standing on my Christian principals in not casting my vote for Obama (or McCain for that matter).

    Who knows what will happen if Obama looses. Black folks will probably do what we always do. Fade back into the background and line up behind the next white politician that promises to “feel our pain” (probably a Democrat).

    Just my stark and blunt assessment, Pastor Jim

  11. 11 Pastor Jim September 18, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Wow. There is much for me to meditate on there. Thanks.

    One more question. What happens if he wins and then reality proves more difficult than all the promises? Or worse, he turns out to disappoint (as every modern President has ultimately)? What do you think the black response will be?

  12. 12 speaking truth September 18, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Pastor Jim,

    I certainly don’t want to speak for an entire race of people, but in my opinion:

    – If Obama wins and he can’t keep his promises, then we’ll all chalk it up to politics as usual (blacks, whites, hispanics, etc.)

    – If he turns out to be a dissappointment, then we’ll chalk it up as politics as usual. Even more specifically, if Obama waffles on issues important to the black community (poverty, crime, affirmative action, etc.) then blacks will accuse him of pandering to white folks and neglecting them after he garnered their votes. If he focuses “too much on black issues” then white folks will accuse him of ignoring the masses in order to pander to “his people”.

    Like I said (cynically) – black folks have been dissappointed by politicians before, so in 4 years the marketing process will begin again. McCain or Obama will reach out again to prove that they deserve 4 more years, new candidates will come to us saying that they’ll represent our interests and chide McCain and Obama for ignoring us, and many of us will ultimately fall in line with whomever sounds the bests.

    It’s a sad (yet proven) cycle.

  13. 13 Brian Foulks September 18, 2008 at 11:29 am

    I would agree with ST. You must have jumped in my brain. This whole thing is a game of marketing.

  14. 14 Pastor Jim September 18, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Great comments. Very thoughtful and reasonable. Wish it weren’t so.

    But about marketing…. hmmm. Do you think we ought to try marketing a church? Yeah, that is the ticket! Help Jesus get more popular. 8-P

    I was actually interviewed by our denom re: marketing churches. Not sure I want to tip my hand too much on my credentials – then I might get pegged as ‘one of those guys’ then you all may not like me as much! You may not like me anyway… (okay I’m a little punchy tonight)

    Here’s the link to the article anyway.

    http://byfaithonline.com/page/in-the-world/reaching-out-or-selling-out

    There’s a nice review of Rev. Carter’s book somewhere on that site too. Here it is:

    https://byfaithonline.com/page/in-the-church/bringing-the-reformation-to-the-african-american-church-an-interview-with-anthony-carter


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