Before we get to some of the interesting stories from last week. I thought I would ask readers a quick question about their perceptions of this years campaign negativity.
President Obama’s recent visit to Virginia has brought this year’s presidential race to the state in full force. As television and internet ads explode into view, many people, including the Richmond Times Dispatch, have taken notice of the increasingly negative campaign tactics.
Yes, negative campaigning is nothing new, but according to John Geer, a political scientist at Vanderbilt, the 2012 election may be the most negative since the beginning of television. As each news-outlet begins to put their spin on whose negative ads cut deepest, I too often see Christians drawn into the Unchristian-ness of negative politics.
It seems to me that Christians should be holding politicians accountable for their speech and actions. From my perspective this begins with holding each other accountable for the way Christians talk about and discuss politics? I truly believe that Christians are often some of the meanest and nastiest people when it comes to discussing politics.
If Christians feed into the negativity, why should politicians stop? Is anyone turning the other cheek in American politics for reasons other than political strategy? It certainly is not the Democrats, the Republicans, or the voters. Are we all just fighting in circles for control and power – something Jesus could have easily taken for himself, but instead refused?
Last week, according to the Baptist Joint Committee’s blog some members of Congress have showed concern over the Department of Defense revoking a license allowing Lifeway to use military emblems on Bibles targeted to members of the armed forces.
Since 2003, Lifeway has been able to publish Bibles that contain the military emblems of each respective branch of the armed forces. Now they can no longer use the military emblems. As I read over this story, I have a difficult time understanding if Bibles have anything to do with this.
As mentioned in the BJC’s blog, Congressman Alan Nunnelee attributes this recent revoke to the Department of Defense succumbing to the powers of atheism. Imagine, however, if the Department of Defense granted licenses to allow military emblems to appear on other religious texts or maybe an atheistic text. A license granted solely to Lifeway stands in stark contrast to the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.
I am inclined to think that the only thing this revoked license hurts is Lifeway’s marketing strategy to military personnel. In my opinion, the bigger issue is why the emblems were on the Bibles in the first place. If it is okay to adorn our Bibles in military emblems, with what else might we find acceptable to adorn our scripture? The American Flag? The Chinese Flag? The Communist Hammer and Sickle?
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