Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Let the games begin

Well, it finally happened. What I never thought would happen has happened...I got the dreaded "email from the conservative relative concerned with my voting for Obama."

I love my cousin. He and I shared many great times together back in the day. He was there for me during a rough move to So. Cal in my senior year and made the move not so scary. He made me laugh on more than one occasion and I even paid my own way back to be at his wedding.

But today, sadly, I got sent the dreaded "I'm concerned for you" email. It was predicated on the Dobson rant and questioning of Obama's faith in his radio show. This has stirred up some ire on various forums I visit, but nothing that really concerns me. It really shows me that Dobson is misguided on his thinking and possibly should stick to psychology and not try to marry religion with it.

Anyhow, my cousin is concerned that our country is moving away from being biblically based. I countered with the fact that I never thought we were Biblically based. Most of the founding fathers were Deists or Atheists (Ben Franklin) and wanted their "right" to proclaim this. In fact, how Biblical is the statement that we "are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights." Ah...that's a negative. Jesus in fact says something more "upside down" than this in the Sermon on the Mount. I don't think us having "rights" was a big part of his motivation.

My cousin then went on to share his fear (FEAR is always a wonderful motivator) of how Obama would roll back all the "pro-life" stuff and that he would give homosexuals more favor. I am tired of these issues frankly. I think the God I serve is BIGGER than these two issues and in fact I am mandated to love the "gays and pro-choicers" and I do so happily with the understanding that Jesus loves them and died for them JUST AS MUCH as he died for me. In fact, I do not support suppressing anyone's "inalienable rights" Black, Hispanic, Muslim or Homosexual...if we have rights at all - they are for everyone.

I love my cousin and sadly time and distance have not allowed us to spend much time together in the last 20 years or so. I know how he was raised and I know theologically we would disagree on 99% of any issue. I love him though. I could care less if we agreed on issues...and I could care less if he changes his mind on any of them. I guess the bottom line is the love I have for him is greater than any political or theological difference. I hope he heard that loud and clear in my response to him.

3 comments:

TheologyMom said...

I'm sorry. Its hard when family doesn't understand where we are coming from...I'm sure you responded well.

holly said...

Since when is the Bible a manual on how to run a country? This is a quote from Obama about the Sermon on the Mount, I find it rather humorous and true: Obama also cited Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, "a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application."
Vote for hope. Vote for Obama! He just gets it.

Brad said...

INFURIATING!!!

I gave up on Jim Dobson a long time ago as being a divisive voice in the Christian community. Which is really, really, sad. I used to have a lot of respect for him. (Maybe that finally disappeared when he called my friend Diana Butler Bass the "Whore of Babylon". Now, I haven't actually MET the whore of Babylon, but it's not Diana.)

This isn't meant to be an anti Dobson rant, it really isn't. I really think that, just like most in the Christian community, his heart is in the right place....it's his implementation that I disagree with.

I have not yet chosen who I will vote for. I have problems with both candidates. Mostly that I disagree with their foreign policies and their domestic policies.

If you're familiar with H.P. Lovecraft, I have a T-Shirt that says, "Cthulhu for President - Why vote for a lesser evil?" Personally, I just thought it was cute. **GRIN**

Heidi, you're love, caring, compassion, and desire for religous truth shines through.

Brad

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