My view on Rev Rick Warrens Advice to US voters [09 November 2004]
I have much respect for the man who did so much for the Christian movement in the States and elsewhere , but I will have to disagree onhis advice and focus in the vote. And yes , i am a nobody . hehe .But hear me out.On one hand , it is important to focus on abortion , stem cellresearch etc . At the other hand , it is a vote for unneccessarykilling and war mongering . I realised that the issues of abortion ,stem cell etc. are important and must be protected , but i believethat the life ( of a Muslim brother/sister) is as important or more.And definitely their faith and countless billions outside US who seesa "Christian" Bush + Army killing other people. I certaintly don'tsee this argument from Christ who urges us to have turn the othercheek and love our "despised Samaritan" neighbour. It is not a signof weaknesses , but in obedience to the Creator.
Are Christians turning a blind eye to such injustice just because Bush support these 5 issues ? In fact , Karl Rowe ( Bush electionstrategist ) demands those 11 states to put in the referendum on gaymarriage to entice the church goers to vote. He got their vote andChristians were celebrating ( I am happy too ) . But reflectingback , are we not duped by politicians who may care less to changetheir decision when it suits them?
Luke 14:1-6 . One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of aprominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. 2There in frontof him was a man suffering from dropsy. 3Jesus asked the Phariseesand experts in the law, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?"4But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed himand sent him away.5Then he asked them, "If one of you has a son or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull himout?" 6 And they had nothing to say.
No laws and legislation is more important than the intent of themessage to the heart of the suffering man. That God loved that menand healed him , as to the whole world.
Christianity is a message of peace with God and men , men and men .We do not have war and killing in our doctorine ( supercedes thewarring time in OT). But are we behaving like a righteous men ? Isit not the same intent that Holy War was waged , or the colonisationof countries in the name of God? One Australian writter posed aquestion that "How are the US Christians able to still go to churchand pray when they support war ?" . I have no answer but the bibledoes.
To Rev Rick Warren , it is time for evengelical Christian to flex their muscle again to demand the President that they support to ceasekilling innocent lives. Stop the wheel of hate for " Do unto otherswhat you would like them to do to you". Killings will not stop unlessone party has the 'extra' in them to do so. And the 'extra' is God.This message will be the strongest that none of the bombs will everhope to achieve.