Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Candidates at church

A day later, I'm still steamed at this story by CBN's esteemed David Brody. Not because of anything David did. It's the suggestion made by the story's subject that voters ought to consider how frequently any candidate attends church. The most galling part is from a professor at Harding College, who wants to know if Fred Thompson has :

"Taught a Bible class,
Presided at the Lord's table,
Served as a greeter,
Or led singing. ('If it was 728b and you can prove it, I'll give you $100,' he wagered, referring to the hymn, "Our God, His Is Alive," which is considered an anthem in the Churches of Christ)."
Let me get this straight. He is offering a wager on whether Fred Thompson has led singing in a hymn? It's ironic and absurd at the same time.
I do want to know in general about how faith might guide someone, because I think that's a clue to how someone would make decisions, and whether he or she would be trustworthy. But the people running for President aren't running to be church elders. And if evangelical voters limit their choices to only the people who have the same kind of perfect church attendance and involvement they do (which probably also rules me out!), then their influence will get smaller and smaller. And deservedly so.
Full disclosure: David Brody and I attend the same church -- McLean Bible -- but we've never met.



Blogger Brian said...

That 728b thing was sort of a Church of Christ inside-joke.
Mark Elrod certainly doesn't care if Fred Thompson leads singing or not. He generally doesn't vote for Republicans anyway.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Jil In Pattaya said...

Well that's easy: Fred can just pull out his "Buy 10 blessings, and get 1 free" Church of Christ punch card, and end this silly discussion in an instant.

10:25 PM  

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