Thursday, August 26, 2004

Wow! Something Sensible from Breakpoint!

Charles Colson's website Breakpoint comes in for a lot of abuse at this blog. But just as a stopped clock is right twice a day, even the religious right finds itself unable to be wrong all the time. Here's Breakpoint columnist John Fischer reminding everyone that “Christian” should not be considered synonymous with “Republican”

On one level, it would appear to be a no-brainer. With an incumbent born-again President who has devotions every morning, is fighting evil on foreign soil, is against abortion, gay marriage and stem cell research . . . is there even a discussion? To many Christians, it would be nothing short of heresy not vote for the Republican ticket.

And yet there are Christians in this country who think differently about the war in Iraq—who wonder if the best way to defeat Islamic militants is to wage jihad, who care about the poor and about increasing programs to help the disenfranchised who care about the environment because of a mandate as old as Adam, and who wonder, as the other candidate has questioned, “Is God on our side, or are we on His?”

Yes, we are polarized as a nation, but I don’t think you can group all the Christians together on one pole, and hopefully this will teach us all something about politics. You can never draw a straight line from biblical truth to one political party’s platform. Political parties do not align themselves biblically. Politics is all about compromise, and compromise and the truth mix about as well as oil and water.

Preach it, brother.