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Shadows of Divine Things

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This site is devoted to theological and philosophical investigations of the spiritual meanings of life, current events, music, spiritual growth, nature, and learning to be attuned to listening to the 'language of God.' The name of this blog comes from one of Jonathan Edwards's journals which he called 'Shadows of Divine Things,' and later renamed 'Images of Divine Things.' As a Christian I am continously on a spiritual journey to grow more into the image of Christ, to understand what it means to be crucified with Christ. To seek the truths of the Christian Faith is of upmost importance, and to know that any truths that are found outside of Christianity are present there because they ultimately point to God. I have an M.A. in theology and apologetics and I completed one year of graduate studies in Philosophy at Marquette University.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Would Jesus Vote? (A Brief Tirade)

Today was an election day here in the good 'ole U.S. of A. and many flocked to the voting stations to vote for "their” candidate. However, two days prior to this, churches and their pulpits all over the U.S. took this opportunity to express their opinions about who we (I mean Christians) should vote for or why voting such and such way is far better than this other way. Sermons are sprinkled with political rhetoric and suggestions on who to vote for and why that matters.

I will never understand why Churches (and pastors of certain churches) in the U.S. take it upon themselves to direct their flocks in the ways of politics. What does Jesus have to do with American politics? And why do these "faith-based agendas" saturate the church scene in the U.S. prior to election Tuesdays? With all due respect to those who think politics and Christianity go hand in hand, I beg to differ.

It is usually these "faith-based agendas" that call certain Christians into question about their "genuine Christianity" if they do not vote for a particular political party line. Moreover, this same agenda sets the stage; it seems, for certain Christians to vote for a candidate simply because he or she holds to a certain moral issue in a certain light (or way). Surely, politics and the roles of our leaders stretch beyond the "merely moral" platform. There is more, it would seem, to their jobs than only moral issues. While I am not questioning the "right" of these "faith-based agendas" to promote who they support, I do think that pushing this agenda on other Christians and placing a false guilt on any Christian who does not vote within the parameters of the "agenda" is wrong.

Here's a newsflash people . . . Christianity is not about American politics!!

[Having said enough . . . he steps down from his "soap box" and goes about his daily chores]


Blogger One of Freedom said...

I was asked to provide worship for a 24/7 prayer event leading up to our last election. This was put on by our own National House of Prayer and we only had to do a couple hours. I agreed but with trepidation. My fears were realized when the prayers shifted from praying for God's will to praying the will of a number of the collected individuals. I was supposed to provide a backdrop of worship music during the prayer time, so I could kind of fall back out of active participation. But still it was stressful. I did manage to try and steer things back into the main and plain with some choice songs and finish up nicely. It is incredible how politically worked up Christians can get up, usually about fear. And what has it gotten us - the guy we elected (not I mind you) is almost as scary as Bush. The whole thing gets me frustrated.

Maybe I should go do some chores.

10:25 PM, November 07, 2006  
Blogger T.B. Vick said...

One of Freedom,
"It is incredible how politically worked up Christians can get up, usually about fear."

no kidding on that remark. But don't get me started again! ;-)

8:03 PM, November 08, 2006  

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