Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Christian Conservatives and American Politics: The Next Twenty Years

Here is Character Position Number Two: Rid ourselves of the "oppo" mentality.

“Oppo” is shorthand for opposition research. It’s what consultants do in preparation for a campaign. It used to mean honest, basic information about a candidate’s record, like their voting history. But over time, it included every sordid detail about their lives. For some, it includes coming up with ways to spread innuendo and exaggerations about a person’s life.

When I was on the Hill, I witnessed how some of the RNC’s toughest operatives did this against a private citizen, Michael Schiavo, the estranged husband in the sad case of Terri Schiavo. Since there was no Democrat on the other side of that issue, my fellow Republicans went after him! To do this was second nature to them.

I have been troubled by a little too much eagerness on behalf of my fellow Christians, from Dallas to Washington, to launch into smear-type tactics on fellow Republicans. Of course, this has always been a part of politics, but why are so many of us who are motivated by faith participating in it?

1 comment:

  1. Trey,

    Schiavo murdered his wife, when her very own parents said just release her to them. If he did not want to take care of his wife, why would he cause pain on her parents by killing their Daughter in this HORRIFIC way. Starvation is just HORRIFIC.I don't know if you have children that The Lord Jesus has in trusted to you, but if you do, can you imagine their future spouse telling you they are going to kill your baby in such a HORRIFIC way? As Christian's we are called to stand up for our faith. If we don't Trey we will fall for anything...Here is how the Bible describes a person like this in Rev 3:16 "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth." I am tired of Christians who will not stand up and be BOLD for the faith. Our freedoms are being striped away daily. Are we just going to be good little boys and girls and allow this to happen? 2Ti 2:3 "You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.(4) No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life (another Translation states Civil Affairs), that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier (we get involved to Please Jesus). There is a right way and a wrong way to attack people, I will agree with that. However, we need to be attacking ISSUES, and not People. Jesus just the name brings controversy..You can't even say it with out offending someone..Luke 12:51 "Do [you] suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division." who do we Serve? Jesus said in Mat 6:24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." We can't Trey. We must serve GOD ALONE! Our loyalty on issues such as these are to GOD ALONE!! God is the God of Life, he is the giver and the taker..Him ALONE!! We are not our own Gods! I am not trying to be offensive to you.I just feel VERY passionate about these issues. I am tried of "Feel" good sermons at Church and tired of people NOT standing up for what is right!

    Michelle S.