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Political Endoresments – So WHAT?!?!

Scott on November 8, 2007 at 12:09 pm

Allow me to bring an old joke into the presidential debate…

“Well, Mr Giuliani, I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that you’ve just been endorsed by Pat Robertson. The bad news is that you’ve just been endorsed by Pat Robertson.”

I don’t rightly know how it is that Pat Robertson, the guy who has claimed to speak for God with great regularity, believes that endorsing Rudy Giuliani is staying true to his conservative Christian roots, let alone staying true to the WWJD-mentality that allowed him to rise to prominence in Christian circles 30 years ago. Honestly, since I’m not a fan of Mr. Robertson or of Mr. Giuliani, they can just endorse each other for all I care.

An equally weird endorsement occurred in late October when ultra-conservative Bob Jones III endorsed Mitt Romney. Since the Bob Jones University crowd is EXTREMELY conservative theologically, it came as quite a surprise that Bob Jones endorsed a Mormon who by Jones’ definition is going to Hell.

I’m just wondering if/why endorsements really matter and if Christian leaders in particular should be in the habit of making them at all. Why can’t they just let people form their opinions and make their decisions by exercising their individual consciences which are shaped by their Christian faith? Why must they feel the need to exert influence, unless it is to try and gain political power? What happened to the day when public personalities kept their voting record out of the public eye?

If Pat Robertson believes that he is endorsing the right candidate that God wants to lead this country; and Bob Jones endorses a candidate who he also believes is the man that God wants to lead this country; and James Dobson and other leaders decide to endorse an independent/third party candidate, what does that mean? Since they are all endorsing different people, does that mean that God suffers from split personality disorder? Or perhaps it demonstrates that personal convictions and opinions are just that…PERSONAL. They aren’t for public consumption.

I remember in high school when we would ask our history teacher, Diane Wilson, who she was going to vote for, her response was something along the lines of, “That is a personal decision, one that everyone should make on their own. It shouldn’t be open for public discussion and debate.”

I don’t care who Dobson, Robertson or Jones think I should vote for. I don’t even care who my own pastor thinks I should vote for. I listen to my conscience, which is shaped by my faith and not by these other opinions.

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