“A Christian bozo is still a bozo” by ThinkChristian.Net

great article written by James @ ThinkChristian.net. Enjoy.

One of my denomination’s leaders likes to quip, “A Christian bozo is still a bozo.” His point is that simply claiming the name of Christ doesn’t make one competent to be a brain surgeon, nuclear power operator, plumber, or any of a thousand other skilled professions. And it certainly is not the sole qualification for national leaders. Some of the most outspoken Christians have, unfortunatley, turned out to be political “bozos.”

So, I actually found myself agreeing with many of Mitt Romney’s points in today’s “Faith in America” speech:

    It is important to recognize that while differences in theology exist between the churches in America, we share a common creed of moral convictions. And where the affairs of our nation are concerned, it’s usually a sound rule to focus on the latter — on the great moral principles that urge us all on a common course. Whether it was the cause of abolition, or civil rights, or the right to life itself, no movement of conscience can succeed in America that cannot speak to the convictions of religious people.

We separate church and state affairs in this country, and for good reason. No religion should dictate to the state nor should the state interfere with the free practice of religion. But in recent years, the notion of the separation of church and state has been taken by some well beyond its original meaning. They seek to remove from the public domain any acknowledgment of God. Religion is seen as merely a private affair with no place in public life. It is as if they are intent on establishing a new religion in America — the religion of secularism. They are wrong.

As important as the causes of freedom of religion, abolition, civil rights, and the right to life, the person Americans elect next November, must be qualified and competent to effectively work for those causes to be implemented. Like brain surgery and plumbing, one can have all the right religious and moral convictions, but can he or she work effectively to stop bleeding in the brain or a leak under the sink?

So, I’m not going to vote for someone simply because they claim the name of Christ or vote against someone simply because he is a Mormon. If a candidate seems to be the most qualified to champion moral and Christian issues I believe in, I’ll vote for him or her.


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