Evidently, the Democrats are a smart bunch. They’ve seen the “success” the Republicans have had in incorporating “God-talk” (I think they used to call that “theology”) into their campaigns. Their subsequent logic goes something like this:
- Republicans talked about God (and John Kerry didn’t).
- Republicans won the White House (and John Kerry didn’t).
- Ergo, talking about God will win you the White House.
The funny thing is that the Dems “sat down with liberal religious leaders Monday evening to talk about faith.” Liberals? It’s the evangelicals you want, nitwits! They don’t understand that evangelicals are crazy desirous of power. They want to be appealed to. They want to feel like you care about them. Ignore the liberals. They’re nothing. You gotta go for the evangelicals. And to do so, all you have to do is act like you really care about them. Look at the Republicans. They’ve got that mastered.
But the thing that most strikes me about this “conversation” is the blatant hypocrisy of it. Don’t get me wrong, the Republicans are just as guilty of this as the Democrats. But the shocking pretense of politicians getting together to put their faith on display for the sake of boosting their candidacy is outright blasphemy. God has become a mere utility to their own selfish agendas. The political consultant advises, “You know, people really want to hear you talk about God.” The politician concludes, “Then I had better talk about God.” This is idolatry. They have broken the first and greatest commandment.
I myself have vowed never again to vote for a politician just because he claims to be a Christian, or even an evangelical (or even a fundamentalist! No, Ben Wright, not even you!). The candidate’s religious or denominational claims will have absolutely nothing to do with with whether or not I vote for him. I am concerned about his articulated stand on political issues exclusively (which, as President Bush has shown me, does not seem to mean much either).