October 12, 2008

Evangelical, save thyself

In a presidential election where the economy and jobs are the overwhelming issues, thoughtful evangelicals have to be wondering how the whole range of social justice issues which include health care, and the invasion and occupation of Iraq are resonating with their one issue anti-abortion brethren. Most likely on deaf ears.

Pro-life is a misnomer for this group that gives short shrift for a person once born. When asked about after-birth compassion, the response is, “We just want the baby to breath, the rest will take care of itself.” Such ignorance is staggering.

This is a group that not only forces their beliefs on other parishioners, but also is a self-appointed watchdog of other groups within churches, and who feel the need to condemn people on one issue. Increasingly, they are disruptive, divisive, and are disrespectful of church leaders who are attempting to end abortion with intelligent solutions. Any self-pontificating about their supposed virtues is suspect.

The lies and misinformation coming from anti-abortion groups about Barack Obama has to stop, and if this group is too indoctrinated to regulate themselves, then reasonable people with reasonable solutions need to start standing up to them.

For six years, Republicans had control of the presidency and congress at the same time, but they did nothing to stop abortions because to do so would have meant losing their biggest issue to raise money and get out the vote.

So with that in mind, let’s look at the other issues that evangelicals should consider when choosing a candidate. Republicans support - maybe gleefully - the invasion and occupation of Iraq, support the death penalty, have an abysmal record on the environment, destroy worker’s rights and have a cynical disdain for working men and women, and underfund public education and programs to help children. A substantial portion of their base hates immigrants, and has no concept of solidarity and the common good.

Evangelical’s downward spiral toward irrelevancy is a sad commentary on their contemporary role in our society. These are the people who, before being caught up in prosperity theology, were on the forefront of confronting greed, and corporate influence on our lives. They have forgotten that we are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences, and that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.

My belief is that this disappearance of conscience formation toward the evils of money is a significant reason that this country did not heed the warnings of this economic crisis, and continued to embrace a warped philosophy that said looking out for number one was a blessing and that showing any concern toward the well-being of all is socialism.

Maybe their day of reckoning is at hand.

Posted by Captain Kroc at October 12, 2008 12:31 PM

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