Here is a video of John Piper sharing his thoughts on the election. Some interesting stuff, I don’t agree with all of it, but it will definitely spark some conversation.
Thanks for the link Jake.
Here are the posts that generated the most traffic in the last month:
Finally, the analysts on CNN are finally catching up to what I’ve been saying since the conventions (maybe the guys at Fox News will jump on board soon): John McCain and Sarah Palin do not have a message. It is so frustrating. Their message is a response to whatever Barack Obama and Joe Biden say. That is not a message, that is reacting.
I am not saying that Obama has the right message, just that he seems to be the only one with a message.
That is probably why so many Christians are into McCain/Palin because that is what the church does. Our message so often is a reaction to whatever is happening in the culture. Whenever the church feels attacked (note I said church, not, when Christians feel Jesus is being attacked), they react instead of moving their message forward. Jesus seemed to come to earth with a message, spread that message and basically told everyone to catch up to what he was about. The prophets did the same thing, that’s why we call them prophetic. That is what the church is supposed to be/do. Reactivity never works. As Rob Bell says, “We need more prophets.” I agree.
This season the words of Greg Boyd ring true, “If Christians would make the kingdom of God their first priority, politics would take care of themselves.” I believe you could insert any word for politics and that statement would still be true because then Christians would be living out the values that God calls us to, the values of the kingdom of God.
Okay, I’m getting of my soapbox. Does anyone agree? Or am I off base?
I don’t check my google reader after Friday afternoon until Tuesday morning so this morning I had 349 blog posts to read through. Here are some of the best ones:
Date night is tonight, really excited about that.
When I started out in college, I started as a history major. So politics has always fascinated me. For the last 2 weeks, I have been following the conventions very closely.
Because I am on every conservative e-mail list (I don’t know how), I have gotten all the forwards about Barack Obama and how his dad has killed his sisters, him being a Muslim, etc. I was blown away on Thursday night of the DNC. Obama & Biden can bring it, they are great communicators. Obama seems to tiptoe around different issues (at least he did at the Saddleback Summit).
What I found disheartening about the Republican convention was that they didn’t lay out a clear plan. Sarah Palin seemed more interested in just talking about what was wrong with the other party. I am not saying that what she had to say is or isn’t true, but thinking through the leadership lens. People respond to vision. I really felt like she missed the mark. I did appreciate McCain sharing his story last night and talking through his journey and how that has prepared him to be President.
Here are some books that I think Christians should read as we think through politics and the direction of our country. (Disclaimer: While all these things are worth checking out, I do not agree with everything in them, but they will stretch your thinking):
Am I supporting a candidate? Not here. That’s none of your business. My point with this post is that Christians need to be more aware of what is happening in our country and in politics. But also, what is important. Gregory Boyd made the comment once, “If Christians made the kingdom of God their first priority, politics would take care of themselves.” I totally agree.
I went into the conventions convinced about who I was going to vote for, now I’m not so sure. I’m very interested to see the debates and do some research.