I had a great time at The Family Leadership Summit in Des Moines on Saturday. Speakers included Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Charles Grassley, Steve King, and Bob Vander Plaats. See Des Moines Register coverage here.
Yesterday I mentioned some things I enjoyed about the summit here. Today I’m listing eight things that I don’t like about these Christians-in-politics meetings:
- If we don’t have a revival, our nation will implode. Really? While I agree that any progress in the expansion of the kingdom is ultimately through the work of the Holy Spirit, let’s not focus on praying for some big disruption or cataclysmic event. Focusing on creating a revival may keep us from what God wants us to do. Why not focus on being faithful to see God’s kingdom expand farther next year than this year?
- We need to relate to the current state of Israel very differently than other nations. Really? Why can’t we evaluate Israel based on standards of governing like justice, liberty, freedom? How is Israel doing in allowing the church there to thrive? Are they welcoming to missionaries? Are they trying to govern by Christian principles? If not why would we blindly support them? Hal Lindsey is so 1970’s.
- It’s OK to show a lack of civility and respect for those who oppose your position. Really? Why can’t we set the pace in the culture by treating people with whom we disagree with civility and respect? Why should we be outraged when people who don’t believe in the Bible fail support Biblical morality? Instead, why can’t we try to win them through lovingly and winsomely sharing truth rather than peppering our tirades with the word “pathetic”? Full disclosure, I would say that every speaker at the event showed civility and respect for opposing views except one.
- What we need to do is get back to the glory days of the Reformation, or the American Revolution, or the 1950’s. Really? Instead of having a historical bias toward the past, why don’t we work toward a more Biblical society? Our goal isn’t a church that looks like the Corinthian church, the state supported church that we had before and after the American Revolution or the racial and other problems that the church had during our parents’ generation. Let’s move forward toward a more Biblical culture rather than back toward some nostalgic glory days of the past that didn’t really exist.
- Voting is essential, getting people to register to vote is a top priority of a church. It is a sin not to vote. Really? A top priority? A sin? Let’s say that instead of having a 100% voter registration a church had 100% participation in their members serving their neighbors or 100% who prayed daily? Is possible that time could be better spent by a disciple than getting out the vote or even voting on election day? I think we should be informed voters, but I can’t say it is always a top priority even on election day. Also, I’d actually prefer that church members stay home and not vote than to vote without knowing the issues.
- When speaking of “we” we mean Republicans. Really? We shouldn’t assume that one political party is the party of God. Republicans make plenty of mistakes. As a church, “we” should focus on ethical issues not political parties.
- When talking about issues of life, talk about abortion but ignore the conduct of the US military. Really? It’s find to talk about killing the innocent unborn, but ignore killing the innocent who are already born as long as they are Muslim? No one said this at the conference, but with all the talk of life there was a strange silence about the over use of US military around the world.
- There is nothing that we can commend president Obama for doing. Really? We’ll… maybe I don’t disagree with this one!
Do you also agree with any of these? Which ones?
See yesterday’s post on the positive thoughts on the summit here.