Sunday, September 07, 2008

What does it mean for you to be a Christian?

Two politicians were asked this question recently, and it got me thinking...
Even though Mormons have a lot in common with other Christian religions, there are some important differences that should not be overlooked.
Analyze the following two paragraphs and let me know which one is closer to your beliefs:

Politician 1: As a starting point, it means I believe...that Jesus Christ died for my sins, and that I am redeemed through Him. That is a source of strength and sustenance on a daily basis. I know that I don’t walk alone. And I know that if I can get myself out of the way that, you know, I can maybe carry out in some small way what He intends. And it means that those sins that I have, on a fairly regular basis, hopefully will be washed away.

Politician 2: It means I’m saved and forgiven. And we’re talking about the world. Our faith encompasses not just the United States of America, but the world.

So which is it? If this is all you knew about the candidates, which one would you vote for?

Obama (1) went on to discuss his faith. It's obvious that he's done some deep thinking about it. McCain (2) went on to related a prisoner-of-war story.
I posted previously about the Saddleback forum...and their comments on religion are probably what surprised me the most.
I was also surprised at how moderate both politicians are (despite how much McCain is compared to Bush or Obama to a socialist). Their responses tend to be thoughtful, instead of reactionary.
Palin, McCain's new VP, is not moderate (and as a scientist and an environmentalist she scares me). It will be interesting to see how things develop within the next two months.

5 comments:

Brentwell said...

From the two comments on Christianity I would choose Obama. However, of the two bad choices that we have (from listening to Glenn Beck), I plan on voting for McCain-Palin.

Tim said...

Well, yes...
April's mother-in-law listens to Rush Limbaugh and believes very firmly that Obama's a Muslim.
While I wouldn't say Glenn Beck is as bad as Limbaugh, I wouldn't exactly trust him as an unbiased source.
Which is why the saddleback forum is so awesome.

Tim said...

Oh, and for some reason that link doesn't work.
:)

Tim said...

Maybe it's just that my blog refuses to link to sites like that...
Just kidding.
I joke to April that our car stereo refuses to play country music.
Same idea.

Brightonwoman said...

I appreciate your ongoing contributions to my thought processes here. I have been back and forth with these guys, but the more I learn about them, the more I look at the SOURCES of that information, the more I am pulled toward Obama.

Check this one out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH0xzsogzAk

Oh, and my stereos refuse to play country music too. Obviously. :)