Rev. Madison Shockley: Christian Coalition in the Fray
Editor’s Note: The following are a few musings of the Rev. Madison Shockley on the intersection of religion and politics
Below is an excerpt from a letter that the San Diego chapter of the coalition sent to churches in the 50th district about the special election to replace the corrupted and disgraced Republican Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham, who is currently serving an eight-year federal prison term.
“Dear Pastor, Are you aware that it is very possible that a candidate that is opposed to Christian family values could be elected…to take Randy “Duke” Cunningham’s Congressional seat [sic]. If Christians do not turn out in large numbers…the opportunity of seeing the 50th Congressional District served by a pro-family representative may be lost.
“One thing we do that has been helpful to voters who aren’t knowledgeable on the issues is to list organizations that endorse the candidates. For example, when a candidate is endorsed by the San Diego Democratic Club, “fighting for lesbian, gay, & bisexual rights since 1975″, and the other is endorsed by the Christian Examiner, most Christians know which candidate to choose without doing a lot of research…please advertise our website in your Church bulletin…”
The irony is that I am sure the Christian Coalition endorsed Cunningham in the first place!
Keep in mind that progressive Christian and Jewish as well as many mainline Catholic and Protestant congregations and leaders have come out strongly for comprehensive immigration reform. For them the overwhelming message of the Bible is clear in these matters. Do not abuse the alien or the foreigner is a refrain in the Hebrew Bible. The Christian texts remind their followers to “do unto others as you would have others do unto you” and to “love your neighbor as yourself.” For Christians who fully understand the multicultural dimensions of the faith (especially as expressed in the Pentecostal’s favorite verses in Acts, Chapter 2), the message of God’s love trumps every human border, language or nationality.
What a difference in two movements of Christianity that claim to read the same book and worship the same God!
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