A grainy video was sent by a Christian friend to all the friends that she knows. It has children singing in Arabic and the video claims that they are singing in praise of Obama. They will praise Allah if he is elected because they will have someone on ‘the inside’. The authenticity of such a video is dubious. However, my Christian friend sent it out as a warning. Another Christian lambasted her for being so dumb. Then there was a mud-slinging war of words about Barak’s refusal to put his hand on his heart, or how he treats the flag in his plane.
This is exactly why Christian poilitical conservatives are disrespected in the public arena. We have little ability to dialogue, we just vent and spread ill-informed fear. Does the God who cares for Christians in Tehran, not also look over those in the USA? Of course he does. There is no cause for alarm for the Christian. Is it then a righteous rage? Both sides of the spectrum would be guilty of the rage. I have sat with liberals raging about Bush and conservatives raging about Obama. What I notice in both sides of the rant is a definite lack of substance. The information frequently comes from blogs, or e-mails, or the neighbour.
Let’s think things through and not be reactionary. Let’s really try and get a grasp of the issues. We should engage people with a desire to understand them not defeat them. Cornered people will be all the more savage. It is a person made in the image of God that we are talking with. When you engage an immortal soul you have a reason for respect.