Evangelicals Convene to Support McCain

3 07 2008

Evangelical leadership has finally decided to back McCain in this year’s election…collectively. Many had probably decided to vote for him long before now, but this makes it official. 

At a meeting Tuesday in Denver, about 100 conservative Christian leaders from around the country agreed to unite behind the candidacy of John McCain, a politician they have long distrusted, marking the latest in a string of movements that bode well for McCain’s general election prospects among the Republican base.

The group included leaders like Phyllis Schlafly, the long-time leader of Eagle Forum; Steve Strang, the publisher of Charisma magazine; Phil Burress, a prominent Ohio marriage and anti-pornography activist; David Barton, the founder of WallBuilders and Donald Hodel, a former secretary of the Interior, who previously served on the board of Focus on the Family. Jim Dobson, the head of Focus and an outspoken critic of McCain, did not attend.

Social conservatives took too long getting behind a single candidate, a miscalculation that was discussed at the meeting:

Various speakers lamented the lack of a unified strategy that had evangelicals supporting various primary candidates and the fact that their message does not seem to resonate with younger voters, African-Americans or Hispanics in the same way Sen. Barack Obama’s does.

Another glaring challenge for evangelical leadership comes from young Christians whose worldview is more mainstream than solidly biblical:

More than an hour was spent listening to younger leaders tell the group that religious conservatives must be perceived “to care” about social issues and the environment to appeal to young people who are voting for the first time

“Reaching out” to younger voters, as it is called, is not difficult for Barack Obama. It is simply a matter of appealing to the emotional side.  On the other hand, conservatives must work ten times as hard to get the facts out on those same issues and even then, a large percentage of young voters don’t want to be bored with more teaching. Many are in college and/or are still in the teenager I-know-it-all mindset and don’t want another authority figure telling them how to vote. Obama is like a tornado which passes through causing massive sentimental fear, not to mention untold brain damage in his wake. McCain is the clean up crew, taking far longer and requiring much more effort to repair the damage and make sure everyone is settled down again.

I wrote on this a few months ago breaking it down by issue, how liberals warp political issues into moral ones and vice versa.  At the root of this twisting is drama. By creating an emotional hysteria omitting most of the relevant facts, the liberal mantra easily appeals to young voters, who, with all due respect, don’t know as much as their senior leadership. They would do well to remember this, but in an age where manners, honor, and respect are scarce, it’s likely going to take a great deal of effort from all conservatives to break the spell of Barack Obama the Pied Piper of Politics.

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4 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

By November, evangelicals will come around and have to come out for McCain cuz, even though they may not like him, they don’t like Obamarama even more. So, they will understand that not voting for McCain will enable Obamarama to get in and empower Dems to do what evangelicals don’t want, even more than McCain will do what evangelicals don’t want. It’s no more about should, could, or would. It is what it is, and McCain is the ONLY way now, the last, clear chance, to keep Dems outta the White House.

6 07 2008
regularron

TR, one thing you have to remember about the “younger evangelicals”, it’s not that they don’t have a “solid biblical” view, it’s that they are more in-tune with Rick Warren than say James Dobson. That’s why a lot of younger “evangelicals” are looking at B.O. Fighting poverty, AIDS, and that sort of thing, are more important than say Gays Marring, or abortion.

Another thing to keep in mind, prior to this Generation of Evangelicals, the Majority of them were solidly Democrats up until 1980. “Social Justice” was the big rallying cry.

And for “Evangelical Leaders” to finally be warming up to McAmnesty, this is a bit of a joke. Come on now, did the Republican Party really think they weren’t going to vote for McAmnesty? They sure aren’t going to vote for the Democrats.

6 07 2008
Truth and Reason

Fighting poverty, AIDS, and that sort of thing, are more important than say Gays Marring, or abortion.

And that is biblically inconsistent. This is where younger Christians, of which I am, would do better to listen to our elders than act like we know better than they. They’ve been fighting this battle a lot longer than we have. It’s immature, naive, and disrespectful to shun those causes for others. Not that we can’t care about them. But most of these young voters are completely shelving moral issues in exchange for political issues dressed up as moral by liberals. They’ve been deceived into believing the environment, poverty, healthcare are “moral” issues, when they are clearly political that don’t take priority over social ones. Without life and family, none of these others issues matter. Let’s get the beasts knocked out before the knats.

And for “Evangelical Leaders” to finally be warming up to McAmnesty, this is a bit of a joke.

Better they warm up to him than a pro-murder “Christian” candidate. Seems both parties’ candidates have shifted left this year. One is barely right of center, if that, and the other is far left.

6 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

=did the Republican Party really think they weren’t going to vote for McAmnesty? They sure aren’t going to vote for the Democrats.=

As Martha Stewart would say, “It’s a good thing!”

6 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

==…most of these young voters are completely shelving moral issues in exchange for political issues dressed up as moral by liberals. They’ve been deceived into believing the environment, poverty, healthcare are “moral” issues, when they are clearly political that don’t take priority over social ones. Without life and family, none of these others issues matter.==

The Devil is happy that people think they are doing the work of God when they aren’t. The Devil, in this case, doesn’t have to work hard at all cuz they are so easily persuaded by feelings. All they have to do is quit listening solely to Rick Warren and some of the others and go to the Word.

It’s all about emotion as an end — “Gee, I fell good about doing this, and, so, it must be God’s work.”

Bottom line, though, is that they aren’t gonna listen to reason, and, while we would like them to come around so that they can be saved, what they think, do and say doesn’t impact our Salvation. All we can do is warn them, and, if they refuse, to let them refuse. If they wanna be ignorant, the Word tells us to let them be ignorant.

6 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

==Seems both parties’ candidates have shifted left this year. One is barely right of center, if that, and the other is far left.==

The only reason to vote this year — beside having the Right to vote — is to stop a Dem from sitting in the White House. It’s no longer about whether a person likes McCain, or not. This is our last chance.

6 07 2008
regularron

TR…I’m not disagreeing with you. I’m just pointing out why Younger Evangelicals are more into BO. I’m not saying they are right. But this is the trend thats been going on. Abortion is accepted, Homosexuality is A-Ok, but Global Warming, and helping the poor are more important. This is how a good number of them see it. Helping the poor is something we ALL should be doing. Not with Government help. But through charity.

Yes, it’s leftists dribel but they see it as “social justice”. It’s like I was saying, the previous generations of Evangelicals were solid Democrats. And this upcoming generation is looking a lot more like the 60’s and 70’s Evangelicals.

“Pro-Murder Christian Candidate”, well I know a few Tradionalist Catholics, who think both are “Pro-Murder”. One being for Abortion, the other being For more War. And they won’t be voting for either or voting at all.

Mr. Incredidble, as a person who thinks both parties are the same, I can’t buy into arguement of “not allowing a democrat in the White House”. Or “the lesser of two evils”. It’s still evil. And I will be happy to cast a vote for Bob Barr. In hopes of breaking the one party system we have.

6 07 2008
Truth and Reason

I’m not disagreeing with you. I’m just pointing out why Younger Evangelicals are more into BO.

I know, haha. I was just expounding on your point as to the dangers we face by not training our children in the Christian worldview and how to recognize humanism and socialism for what it is.

well I know a few Tradionalist Catholics, who think both are “Pro-Murder”.

That’s easy. One is innocent, the other is guilty. Ask them to guess which one.

7 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

==Mr. Incredidble, as a person who thinks both parties are the same, I can’t buy into arguement of “not allowing a democrat in the White House”. Or “the lesser of two evils”. It’s still evil. And I will be happy to cast a vote for Bob Barr. In hopes of breaking the one party system we have.==

Then, you enable the Dem to sit in the White House cuz that’s the way it works out.

All you’re trying to do is make yourself feel better by going through the motions of voting, trying to exonerate yourself from charges that you enabled, empowered a Dem into the White House. However, THAT’s what you’ll be doing, just as disgruntled Republicans who either didn’t vote in ’06, or voted for other than Dems and Republicans, or voted outright for Dems did. That’s why we got the Congress we got.

There are only two who have a chance, and one-a them is going to win. Which one do you want to win? “Neither” is not an answer cuz one of them will win. The question revolves around which will do the least damage. So, if you vote for neither, that’s a vote for Obamarama.

7 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

==Mr. Incredidble, as a person who thinks both parties are the same, I can’t buy into arguement of “not allowing a democrat in the White House”. Or “the lesser of two evils”. It’s still evil. And I will be happy to cast a vote for Bob Barr. In hopes of breaking the one party system we have.==

On the other hand, you can stay home — cuz that’s what your vote for Barr will amount to — and let the rest of us do your thinking and voting for you.

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