The “Christian Right”: Holding Their Noses & Supporting John McCain

For the umpteenth time – I do not support John McCain or Barack Obama, primarily because I don’t believe that either of them are true Christians. I’ve written (at length) about both of the candidates, but I’m starting to get a chuckle while watching the “Christian Right” hold their noses and choke back the vomit while endorsing John McCain – particularly since it’s no secret that they openly detested one another until Sarah Palin magically landed on McCain’s ticket.

My brother Independent Conservative’s latest foray into McCainland is a look at the Messiah-complex on the other side of the aisle. Not to be content with letting Obama’s supporters deify him, McCain’s camp is getting in the trinket business:

The God Is My Co-Pilot, But John McCain Is My Wingman Heresy.

by @ 6:40 pm. Filed under Nuts on Parade

I noticed an online advertisement today, that basically takes a heretical statement and compounds it. I’m sure you who have learned God’s place is above your own, already know God is not anybody’s “co-pilot”. So you already know how horrible it is to claim the creator of all things is somehow sharing or even under your command. Given somebody has to be in the role of “pilot” and the “God is my co-pilot” statement places God as equal or subservient to man. And we all know, when we get on a plane, we don’t consider the co-pilot as leader, but rather the pilot. Anyway, God made all things, including humans who fly planes, see Psalm 139:13. So He’s way above even “pilot”.

But this advertisement I saw today. Here’s the actual product page. Take a look at this:

John McCain: Wingman 3.5″ Button (blue) 

TEXT READS: God may be my co-pilot, but John McCain is my wingman.

God, creator of all things, creator of the creator of the button, gets a “may be” placing at “co-pilot”. And then John McCain gets wingman honors. Since when did God become so common to man, that we treat Him that way? And since when did John McCain become so near deity, that he gets to play the role of “wingman” to God’s “co-pilot” status? It’s just heresy compounded with more heresy.

Click on the title to read the excellent article in it’s entirety. Also, take a look at how McCain is now “opening up” about his “faith”:

Talking the Walk

After years of ambiguity, Senator McCain reveals his spiritual side for public viewing. How will evangelicals respond?

Of course McCain is starting to “open up” about his faith (which in McCainland that means he’s not frowning or grumbling as much)– he’s loosing in every national poll, and even more points disappear when Sarah Palin opens her mouth without a handler nearby. It’s gotten so bad that they’re even “preaching him up” in pulpits across the country.

Oh, and if you need a reminder as to why the “Christian Right” detests John McCain, remember that:

All in all, it’s pretty funny to watch. The Right has effectively portrayed Barack Obama as the Devil in black skin – in direct opposition to Obama supporters who have anointed him as the “new jesus”. Yet in all their moral indignation, they have to bite their tongues and cast their votes for a man that they absolutely abhor.

Ah…American politics…ain’t it grand?

Just a gentle reminder – if you pin your hopes on either one of these bozos to dramatically increase the quality of your life, then you are sadly mistaken.

Our only hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ – and in Him ALONE.

 

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12 Responses to “The “Christian Right”: Holding Their Noses & Supporting John McCain”


  1. 1 Brian Foulks October 8, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Everybody is upping the antey now. It is going to get thick.

  2. 2 Pam October 8, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you for your comments. I have lost respect for many of the christian leaders whose opinions I once respected. I am shocked at how partisan these christian leaders are…totally “glossing over” John McCain’s obvious shortcomings. As a black, conservative, independent voter I have absolutely come to the conclusion that I CAN NOT, WILL NOT vote for John McCain. There are too many issues with his character that I am not comfortable with. And I fear he is another politician that feels it is his destiny to save the world. That coupled with the rebelliousness and distain for authority that we know are a part of his past…is too scary to comprehend. I am reading Christian websites and blogs that have made Obama (a man committed to one wife, someone who overcame the numerous struggles that face children of single parents, black men, etc. into the devil, while there is NO mention of John McCain’s (rebellious youth, divorce of a crippled wife to marry the current wife, calling his wife a c*nt in public, and as of last night’s debate, showing that he is extremely racist or just plain ignorant in his disrespect for both Obama, calling him “that one” and the young black man in the audience who probably doesn’t know who Fannie & Freddie are). I still am not sure that I will vote for Barak Obama either but it will be him or nobody at this point. The Rebublican Party takes evangelical christians for granted in the same way the democratic party takes the black vote for granted. All they have to say is that they are against abortion and same-sex marraige and they have immediate loyalty. And while they try to use scare tactics of American becoming a “Socialist Nation” under Obama…it has already happened under their own administration. Sadly, I believe that this election will cause a deep schism among black and white christians.

  3. 3 Job October 8, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    “I would rather be ruled by a wise Turk than a foolish Christian” said Martin Luther. Well, McCain and Obama are neither.

  4. 4 Kayla October 8, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    So, you’re not going to vote because none of the candidates are “true” christians?

    You can’t find anything you like enough about either one of them to pick one to vote for?

    After all our ancestors fought for to give us the right to vote…

    How do you define a “true” Christian? do they have to be pro-life, pro-war, anti-gay marriage? do they have to believe exactly what you believe and want the rest of the world to do the same?

    I don’t believe that wanting politicians to write christianity into this country’s laws is the way to go. Forcing people to act according to Christianity isn’t going to make them believe it for themselves. It’s more likely to turn them away from God than turn them towards him. God rewards genuine actions, not forced ones.

    If you want to see more people living according to the Bible then you should either run for office yourself or start a ministry that can impact more lives.

    But (please!) don’t waste your vote. At the very least, find someone who’s not a citizen, ask them who they want to vote for, and vote for that person.

    Read this: http://www.notyourmamasreligion.com/apps/articles/web/articleid/49814/columnid/3202/default.asp

    also- not all christians are conservative. not all want to vote for john mccain.

  5. 5 Brian Foulks October 8, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Kayla,

    I am amazed how many people use this agruement that people died so you can vote. People died so you can go to school-but not everyone does that andthere is no big to do. People died so you can play professional sports- but not everyone likes to do that.

    Now I a know they are of not the same importance but a person choosing not to vote for Mccain or Obama because of their stance in Christ is not a bad thing. why can’t you view this person as some one that is committed to honoring God through every part of their life instead of making it out to be a waste. Where is that zeal when it comes to a person like Pam standing for truth that she belives will honor God.

    Many have become so enamored with the presidential race because they fell they can see a change on the horizon. well where is that same enamorization(made up word) when it comes to being impressed for God. Why can’a person God all out for God without being ridiculed for taking a stance.

  6. 6 speaking truth October 8, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Kayla,

    Allow me to respond to your post in it’s entirety:

    So, you’re not going to vote because none of the candidates are “true” christians?

    You can’t find anything you like enough about either one of them to pick one to vote for?

    After all our ancestors fought for to give us the right to vote…

    I’ve spoken previously about my decision not to vote for Obama or McCain. I completely understand the sacrifices of those who came before me, but I also understand that it is my right to cast my vote for whomever I choose – or to not vote at all. That said – I don’t believe that either McCain or Obama are evil, and I believe that each of them have redeeming qualities…I just won’t compromise my heartfelt beliefs in order to cast a vote for “the lesser of two (fill in the blank)”.

    How do you define a “true” Christian? do they have to be pro-life, pro-war, anti-gay marriage? do they have to believe exactly what you believe and want the rest of the world to do the same?

    I believe what the bible says. I am a Christian because I am a follower of Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God. I am by no means a perfect Christian, but the Word of God is THE standard by which I attempt to live my life. A true Christian is person who has accepted God’s free gift of salvation and put their trust in Jesus Chris (John 1:12). A true Christian is someone who has been regenerated through God (John 3:3; John 3:7; 1 Peter 1:23), and is obedient to God’s Word (1 John 2:4). So a “true Christian” doesn’t have to meet my litmus test – they must measure themselves against the Word of God alone.

    That said, true Christians generally oppose abortion, gay marriage, and all other manner or immoral activity (war is sometimes warranted according to the Word of God, so pro or anti-war is applicable in context. You didn’t ask, but I am no fan of the Iraqi War either).

    I don’t believe that wanting politicians to write christianity into this country’s laws is the way to go. Forcing people to act according to Christianity isn’t going to make them believe it for themselves. It’s more likely to turn them away from God than turn them towards him. God rewards genuine actions, not forced ones.

    I agree that morality cannot be legislated, nor am I particularly advocating it. True Christians, however, don’t say one thing and mean another – or say anything that tickles the ear in order to accomplish their goals. That’s what pulpit pimps and other false Christians do – and I call them out on it too.

    I believe that personal character & moral beliefs impact the way a person lives (or governs, in this case). You don’t have to be a “holy saint” to earn my vote, but you won’t get it if you’re pretending to be like me when in reality you promote the very things that my faith abhors.

    If you want to see more people living according to the Bible then you should either run for office yourself or start a ministry that can impact more lives.

    I won’t run for national office because I won’t compormise what I believe in order to raise money from people that want to use me, in order to gain a position that is ruled by committee (maybe I’ll seek local or county representation – hmmm…). If I truly want to see people live their lives according to the Word, then I will continue to do what I do everyday (in my daily life and my blog posts): life a life that is pleasing to God, proclaim His truth without hesitation, and encourage (no, push others) to read His Word for themselves in order to grow more in the faith. I get lots of feedback about how this blog impacts lives, but it doesn’t negate the work that I (and every TRUE Christian does) in exemplifying God in everything that we do.

    But (please!) don’t waste your vote. At the very least, find someone who’s not a citizen, ask them who they want to vote for, and vote for that person…also- not all christians are conservative. not all want to vote for john mccain.

    I did not waste my vote, I voted my convictions (I participated in Georgia’s early voting program – more on that in a different post). And why would I cast my vote on behalf of a non-citizen, after all – who died to give them the right to vote? Should we simply go through the motions and “participate” like trained robots or should we vote based on our personal convictions?

    Also, I’m certainly not naive to generalize all Christians as being conservative – I was speaking of the sterotyped White Evangelical vote facilitated by Pat Robertson, James Dobson, the late Jerry Fallwell, etc. This post was a look at how a specific voter bloc disdains McCain, yet they will compromise their personal convictions in order to ensure that Barack Obama doesn’t get into office.

    All in all, I didn’t arrive at my decision lightly (or without much prayer). But I am compelled by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to walk it like I talk it – and I take that very seriously. I am only obligated to shepherd my wife and my children (and my wife makes up her own mind), so people can feel free to do as they please. I am simply stating my opinion.

  7. 7 speaking truth October 8, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Pam,

    I understand your frustration with McCain (and I let your comment post as-is because I can feel the passion in which you typed it), and I’m no fan or supporter of Barack Obama either (just type his name in the search bar in the upper left-hand corner to see the various posts detailing my differences with him and his followers). I don’t know if McCain is a racist – I think he’s just a grumpy “older” man who doesn’t like to explain himself to anyone.

    You said:

    Sadly, I believe that this election will cause a deep schism among black and white christians

    Hopefully, this election will cause no measurable schism between whites and blacks who are real Christians because true Christians should be able to see through these two like tissue paper. Either way, true Christians should continue to put their hope and trust in God – and not the smoothtalkers who come our way every four years.

  8. 8 Pastor Jim October 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    I look forward to reading this blog and its posts every day.

    Just a side comment (snide comment maybe?) about voting for president.

    In all the fuss over who we are going to vote for (or not vote for, as is ST’s position) I actually read our constitution the other day and it still provides absolutely no basis for a general election of the president of the USA. (Article II, Section 1)

    The 50 States through the electoral college elect the President. No matter what it looks like on the ballot you fill out, you and I have no ‘official’ vote – our states commission a group of people who vote for president and they could all go crazy and cast their votes as they want – and there is no legal basis to undo the work of the electoral college.

    Another snide comment: Both our major party presidents are making promises that they can’t keep. The President is limited by our constitution from doing MOST of the things they promise to do. The legislative branch is limited too. It’s like they are running for the office of ‘king’ the way the talk. Crazy.

    By the way, Christ is already King – and he didn’t need or ask for our vote.

  9. 9 Kayla October 8, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    thanks for your response. sorry to come across as so harsh. i’ve just been hearing a lot of christians saying they’ll only vote for a “christian candidate” and that most christians are conservative, etc etc and i’m tired of people expecting the candidates to get everything right and do everything just like we think Jesus would’ve done to be an acceptable candidate.

    i understand that u haven’t come to ur decision lightly and i respect that.

    when i said that you should cast ur vote for a non-citizen, i meant that there are a lot of non-citizens who have lived here for years and are very passionate about our country and our leaders but aren’t able to participate in the election process. i’ve talked to a lot of non-citizens lately and they always seem a bit downcast after a long, heated discussion about politics and being asked who they’re going to vote for, only to realize that they can’t vote. it’s quite sad.

    i obviously don’t agree with you that we need to save our votes for a more “true christian candidate”. i choose to vote for the best of the lot based on my own social objectives for the country (like helping poor people, improving the economy, healthcare, education, ending the war), regardless of their personal beliefs and how they might come across as wishy-washy. everyone goes back and forth about their beliefs at some point, even christians.

    i’m not saying this cuz i think that it’ll change ur mind, but rather that it might make one of your readers think about a different approach to politics.

    sorry to hear that u’r getting so much hate mail. i hope it doesn’t discourage you too much. the blogworld is a nasty beast.

  10. 10 Kayla October 8, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    though i disagree, i’ve written this post so that my readers can be exposed to your approach to politics –
    http://www.notyourmamasreligion.com/articles_view.asp?columnid=3202&articleid=50267

  11. 11 speaking truth October 8, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Kayla,

    You didn’t come across as harsh, so no need to apologize. You’re simply expressing your opinion – which is welcome here. We can disagree without being disagreeable and I appreciate the dialogue. My readers are pretty opinionated, so they already come here with their opinions (and dignity) intact – I can’t push or pull them either way.

    Thanks again for the dialogue…

  12. 12 speaking truth October 8, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Pastor Jim

    Thanks so much for actually brigning up the Constitution and the truly limited power of the presidency (and Congress, for that matter). You are so right – we already have a King (well, some of us do, anyway…).


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