Sunday, October 29, 2006

Jesus as a Democrat

Harold Ford explains theology: "My friend Lincoln Davis who chairs our campaign says there are, there’s one big difference between us and misfortunate Republicans when it comes to our faith: he said that Republicans fear the Lord; he said Democrats fear AND love the Lord". Video clip at Hot Air. Also, a Youtube video follows which shows both the Ford's statement and Corker's response.


Before the imagery became suspect, the Civil Rights Movement frequently compared its progress to those of the Children of Israel crossing into the Land of Milk and Honey. That was before Gaza and the West Bank became news staples. But you can hear the references in old recordings by Joan Baez and Peter, Paul and Mary. Nice to hear Harold Ford reprise it.

Considering the Democratic Party is the Big Tent, I suppose what Ford's theological statement really means is whether you are atheist, Christian, Muslim, Jew or Jain there is one "caring" party in American politics and another driven by "fear". The image is of some great darkened field where two tents are pitched beneath the stars: from one comes the joyful sound of Halleujahs and from the other the stifed wailing of chronic constipation. And all around that twin encampment the wolves circle in the night, heeding the sound from neither tent. Now that I've seen both Ford and Corker debating the issue I'm really worried. This isn't hardly about God or policy or anything. It's about politics. Maybe I'm wrong.


Blogger Woman Catholic said...

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

10/29/2006 08:06:00 PM  
Blogger John said...

Video of Corker's Response At Stop The ACLU.

10/29/2006 08:23:00 PM  
Blogger sam said...

"The momentum here is outstanding on our side," said Democratic Rep. Harold Ford of Tennessee, vying for the seat now held by retiring Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

Ford denounced as "a piece of smut" an RNC-financed TV attack ad in which a white woman with bare shoulders says she met Ford at a "Playboy party," looks into the camera and whispers, "Harold, call me."

Democrats Claim Momentum

10/29/2006 08:31:00 PM  
Blogger John Samford said...

"misfortunate"? If Jr. was a republican, the media would be on him like white on rice for that word. Then again, if he was a Republican, he would be ahead in the polls by double digts, with talk of him being Presidential.

10/29/2006 08:50:00 PM  
Blogger Sparks fly said...

First Peter 2:17 and many others.

"Fear God."

Fear not, rather fear God is the balance the Bible seems to present on the subject of fear.

Also, God is love, but love is not God.

The Bible is very sophisticated..I answer to the Bible the Bible does not answer to me.

I liked Corker's response. The other guy claims to be pro life but his voting record is death. What does the Bible say about lying?

10/29/2006 10:41:00 PM  
Blogger summignumi said...

Any one with half a brain and spotty reading of the bible knows neither party is close to Jesus! Of course picking the lesser of two evils comes to; party for “Pro life, Traditional marriage, What you do in you house with a consulting adult is your business but not something that should be taught in school OR the party of you can murder them up till they are completely outside of your body for any whim or desire, Man can marry man and when its all over how can anything be wrong with haveing sex with 3 year olds (NAMBA) or other animals, and the Democrats favorite issue, everything and anything the US has done or does is wrong and we should completely grovel in the dirt and mud and ask for forgiveness (no matter what happens we deserve it)….gee I know which I am voting for again, I think the news will become much more riveting if the Democrats win.

10/30/2006 01:01:00 AM  
Blogger Stephen Renico said...

Yeah, I can really see Jesus supporting abortion, gay marriage and atheism.

10/30/2006 04:51:00 AM  
Blogger RCM said...

Written 14 years seems just like yesterday.

It came upon me rather suddenly some months ago when I had punished myself by listening to a few political speeches back to back. I had continued to listen, not only from a sense of moral duty, but also from the shock factor of hearing so much talk about values. I knew something was wrong, radically wrong, systemically wrong, but I did not know how quite to touch the raw nerve of the problem. Then like a flash, I saw it: the modern malady in the political arena is one of a fundamental contradiction—there is an unblushing moralizing on politics and a shameless politicizing of morality. Just think about that statement and it becomes evident that it may well be the quicksand of contemporary wordsmiths as they smother us into moral suffocation.

Moralizing on politics, I said. And who would challenge that? But observe carefully what is being smuggled in. The recurring theme is one of "values." Ironically the word itself first gained such usage after the philosopher Nietzsche had announced the death of God. He then proceeded to resurrect a newfangled, self-defined value. for ethics, he proclaimed, had been buried with God. Out of the ash heap and rubble of atheistic thinking he refashioned an autonomous man, with no heaven and a new earth—a man unaccountable to a higher moral law, for there was no more a moral law giver. "Values." he called it, when in actuality a deadly devaluation had taken place and the laws of authority had shifted from an objectively revealed moral law to a subjective world where each one does what is right in his or her own eyes.

You may have noticed a trend in university curricula. Once there was a discipline called theology; now they call it religion. The reason is plain. Theology begins with God, religion with man. The same dethroning has taken place with ethics. In our "salvation by survey" society, values are now defined with fluidity, never finding a level except in each individual mind. Words flow in speeches, punctuated by "values" they have no point of reference, and hence, no possibility for debate.

But after all the verbose moralizing on politics has run its course, there comes the acid test when specific moral issues come before US as adjudicators. And masterfully, each issue becomes politicized as the wordsmiths pounce on the words like predators determined to mangle and spit out the remains. We have consequently become the hapless possessors of a society where sexuality, and even diseases, have become politicized to such a degree that one who has convictions is now being re-educated at the taxpayer's expense, and those with no convictions make moral pronouncements.

How revealing has been the vicious anger of Hollywood and the media when our Vice President justifiably called into question their trivializing of human sexuality: institutions that arrogated to themselves the desacralizing of everything, lashed out with contempt and ridicule when one of their own idols was touched. Alas! What a bleeding has taken place. It is not so much the death of God as it is the death of conscience.

10/30/2006 07:07:00 AM  
Blogger Gag Reflex said...

Jr., taking a tip from Boy Hillary, didn't start talking Christian until the polls told him to do so.

10/30/2006 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger Arthur Dent said...

Bonzo 9:11
Bend over and let allah drive?


10/30/2006 03:51:00 PM  
Blogger PresbyPoet said...

The fear of the Lord is a frequent item in the Bible. This poem from God back a few years seems appropriate.
Do You Fear Me?

You claim to fear Me.
To know My awesome power.
Do you truly fear Me?
Do you stand in awe of Me?

You are mere speck of cosmic dust
Insignificant and powerless.
Nothing you can do
is of slightest worth.

Is it that you know My love
and think you can betray.
Is it that you think I must forgive
but do not know My mercy and grace?

Are you prodigal come back
for the rest of the loot?
If you truly know Me
you’d know My awesome power.

My sheep hear My voice.
Do you hear Me?
If you did
you’d fear My awesome power.
© Presbypoet, November 16, 2003

10/30/2006 08:53:00 PM  

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