“Sir, They Call Themselves Christians”


With a hat tip to James Taranto, the Boston Globe is reporting that Dems are trying to learn how to talk religion.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, is investigating how Democrats can talk more effectively about religious issues in the run-up to the midterm elections, when the party of an incumbent president traditionally loses seats in Congress. He was reluctant to talk about his plans until his staff completed research he requested.

I can picture it now.

“Sir, they call themselves Christians. They apparently worship some dude they call Jesus. They aren’t sure who he is. They say he is the son of God, but they say he is God too. We’re still investigating.”

The fact is that lefties do not talk faith, they talk social issues. Americans have a good idea of what Christianity is all about. They know that feeding the poor and taking care of the needy is one aspect of it, but protestants in particular reject “works” based religion. Christianity is about faith in God and a believe in Jesus as both sovereign Lord and savior.

Lefties can dance around the issue, but conservatives can always ask the knockout question: “Can you go to heaven through means other than a belief in Christ.” Saying yes will keep the non-believer indifferent and inflame the believer into greater activity against the lefty politician.

Lefties want to make Christianity a social religion and reject the non-social obligations of faith — like actually believing in Christ and leading others to the Lord. Evangelicals, who are predisposed to believe in witnessing, understand and accept the concept of evangelizing, which is what a lot of our neighbors did in 2004, only they were singing the praises of Bush, not Christ.

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  • >Whoa, does Hillary think there are no evangelicals in NY or Washington, D.C.?

    No, I think you’re missing the point. Hillary will worship evangelically in churches where bigotry against our queer brothers and sisters is absent, as with misogyny. There are many of these churches in Washington and New York. She is talking about the difficulty in finding Evangelical churches in the deep south where the gospel isn’t corrupted by hatred.

  • Dude. That’s simply not fair. Kennedy is a devout, baby-murdering, girlfriend drowning, womanizing, alcoholic, Roman Cath-

    Did I have a point?

  • I heard a quote from Hillary recently that said something like “I try to worship evangelically whenever I can but it is hard depending on where I am”.

    Whoa, does Hillary think there are no evangelicals in NY or Washington, D.C.? How do you worship evangelically? What: bring out the snakes? Talk in tongues?

    You’re either an evangelical or not. Doesn’t matter where you worship.

    THIS WOMAN HAS NO CLUE. I got it…and I’m NOT an evangelical Christian.

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