Let me just say that I am great friends with all of the staff at my church. My pastor is ultra-liberal, as are most of the staff.
But our minister to children, who is a great family friend, is now attending a McCain/Palin rally here in town.
The thing is, she really does not keep up with any issues. She will see Sara Palin (who she would NOT agree with on many things) and think “Oh she’s just like me, working Christian woman with a family.” and vote for her. She will hear ACONAyersMuslimRevWright and think…oooh Obama’s a bad guy.
But I know her, and I know if she knew the facts she would support Obama.
So, I wrote this email to the staff at my church. What do you think?
Hello all! First a disclaimer, I am supporting Barack Obama. Just wanted to be upfront about that.
While clergy traditionally do not openly endorse candidates from the pulpit, they do have a strong influence on their congregations. As we the election draws closer, I wanted to make sure that you have these resources available to you to help you as you make your decision.
This website, Clergy for Obama is quite extensive. But if you take the time to read the first page, you will see many Reverends, ministers, pastors, and church workers share why they are excited about supporting Barack Obama. Over and over they say they are passionate about serving the poor, feeding the hungry, loving their enemies, making peace…you know, crazy stuff. (Where DO they get these ideas?) They know Barack has worked on these same issues his entire life, and as President he will continue the fight.
In fairness, I tried to find the equivalent page for McCain. There does not appear to be one, although recently the influential Dr. James Dobson of “Focus on the Family” reversed course and endorsed McCain/Palin based on Palin’s ultra-conservative church and ideology.
One of the weapons that is used against Barack most often is fear. People who oppose Barack’s values have twisted his words and made up tales out of whole cloth in order to scare the electorate about his background, beliefs, and intentions. I have found these two websites invaluable in sorting facts from distortions. I think as election day nears, we will need these references more and more frequently!
There is a lot of good information in these links. I hope you have the time to take a look.
“Then Jesus said to him ’ put your sword back in into its place, for all those who take up the sword, shall perish by the sword’”…but what did he know, anyway?
So what do you think? My goal is for her to take a look at the links and consider the facts…the rest is up to her.
I could just talk to her directly, but I am not sure how that would work, or even how the opportunity would arise.