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Clarifying Who The Idiots Are

Dallas Tim took issue with my statement that people who believed the current administration are idiots. I emailed him to clarify what I meant. Here's the substance of what I said:

"The administration, as with most administrations, has shown itself too willing to lie again and again. I am weary of evangelicals and fundies who align themselves uncritically with the party and defend whatever comes out of the mouths of Bush and his henchpeople. (I'm adding this part: I am equally weary of liberal Christians on the left doing the same with their pet politicians.) I expect Christians to speak out when leaders lie and dissemble and obfuscate. I expect them to do it when there is a Republican or a Democrat in the White House. I expect them to be people of honesty and integrity so that the world will once again know what a prophetic voice sounds like. I did not imply that a Christian cannot be a conservative; I believe they can and still be faithful to Christian principles. I did mean to imply that it is time that the Church started being the Church and stopped being a tool of the administration. That applies equally to left and right."

I want to believe that Christians and people of good will can hold any administration to the fire when they suspect the administration of lying. I would like Christians to be Christians first. A friend is planning a summer sermon for 4th of July weekend. He told me a little about it this week. The theme is basically "What are you first?" The inspiration comes, at least in part, from a church member that insists on placing the American flag above the Christian flag on the dais. Now, I don't care about a Christian flag; I think it's a bit silly, but since it's there, the way member x treats it over against the American flag speaks a great deal about what he sees as his top priority. I guess I'm just idealistic enough that I hope Christians will see themselves as Christians first, stop counting on politics to make the world a better place, and begin to act prophetically (in word and deed) in the world. To the degree we align ourselves with a political party we neuter our effectiveness to enemies of that party. Political parties do not propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ; their gospel is of secular power, vested interests, economic gain, and messianic individualism.

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