Posts Tagged ‘John McCain’

What’s God Got to Do With It?

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Lisa Miller has an interesting column (“What’s God Got to Do With It?“) in the October 20 issue of Newsweek, talking about Victoria Osteen’s new book and her brand of religion.  Speaking to a fervent audience of 40,000 each week, plus the millions more who watch on television and make their books bestsellers, the Osteens certainly have made a mark in America’s religious landscape.

Miller writes that “the theology driving all this success is thin.  Over and over, in sermons, books and television interviews, the Osteens repeat their most firmly held beliefs.  If you pray to Jesus you’ll get what you want… Prosperity preachers are neither new nor unique in America, but the Osteens’ version seems especially self-serving.”

Is this what Christianity is becoming in America?  Just another way to get what I want?  And when even the secular media recognizes this self-help drivel for what it is, how horribly does that reflect on the rest of us who call ourselves Christians?

Maybe the Osteens just exemplify what being an “American” has become.  I see it in John McCain and in Barack Obama, and all throughout government.  Everything is about me and mine.  Does anybody really think that Barack Obama wants to be president because he has my best interest at heart?  Or the John McCain really puts country first?  If the two of them were honest servants of the public good, they’d be investing in men who are much more wise and humble to really lead this country where it really needs to go.

Russia and the Civilized World

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

John McCain has an opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal talking about how we should respond to Russian hegemony (my word, not his) in Russia.  He advocates a firm, yet measured, response, using the instruments of the “civilized world” (NATO, the G-8) to get Russia back in line.

At the same time, we must make clear to Russia’s leaders that the benefits they enjoy from being part of the civilized world require their respect for the values, stability and peace of that world.

More so than Iraq and Iran, Russia scares me because it is immensely larger and more organized than any of our other adversaries.  With a rising nationalism, growing oil wealth, and a restless imperialism, Russia is the threat of the 21st century.  I’m not generally a war hawk, but we should not, and can not afford to put up with a militaristic Russia.  We already know this with China (think Taiwan).  As the world’s only free superpower, we must stand for the rest of the world and match them move for move.  We kept the world in one piece during the Cold War, we must do so again.

Why McCain Annoys Me

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Using the tactics of the “political hit-squads” that forced the issue of Jeremiah Wright upon the Obama campaign, unknown agents have attacked John McCain in similar manner, calling into question the endorsements of pastors John Hagee and Ron Parsley.  I’m no fan of either, but McCain’s renunciation of both has strongly affected my perception of his (McCain’s) leadership.

First, here’s what Hagee said:

“God says in Jeremiah 16: ‘Behold, I will bring them the Jewish people again unto their land that I gave to their fathers. … Behold, I will send for many fishers, and after will I send for many hunters. And they the hunters shall hunt them.’ That would be the Jews. … Then God sent a hunter. A hunter is someone who comes with a gun and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter.”  (quoted from CNN article here)

For McCain to immediately call these remarks “deeply offensive and indefensible” shows that he (and the media, and much of society) does not respect or understand Scripture, or the role of pastors in applying it to life and world events.  The very words he repudiates are more than half directly from the Bible!  And is it not clear from the Bible that God uses judges, kings, pharaohs, and yes, evil dictators, to accomplish his will in the world?  (A later post will provide some examples of this in Scripture.)

McCain indicated that he was against anything that was anti-anything.  But don’t we have to stand for something?  The very nature of taking a firm stand, a leadership role, means you have to be against something.  And I’d like a president who doesn’t cave to the fear-mongering and politicking and the traps of the media.  McCain is clearly not the man.