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Why Barack Obama must court evangelicals

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

In a Washington Post article titled Obama Making Christian Push, it is pointed out that John McCain has “done little to court the affections” of some evangelicals while Barack Obama “is making a full-throttle push for centrist evangelicals and Catholics.”

Obama’s campaign is also launching a grass-roots effort, tentatively called Joshua Generation, with plans to hold concerts and house meetings targeted at young evangelicals and Catholics.

The article also attempts to connect Sen. Obama in some fashion, to a Matthew 25 Project.

The Matthew 25 Project, named after the biblical passage in which Jesus promises eternal life for those who care for the least and the lost, will be led by Mara Vanderslice, a young evangelical who briefly led faith outreach for the 2004 campaign of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and later founded a respected political consulting firm.

These projects, usually based on Matthew 25:40 are about nurturing a servant attitude in Christians. I wasn’t sure if the article was saying that Senator Obama was attempting to connect with all projects or one in specific.

5902But as it turned out, it didn’t really matter because a NY Times article cleared things up by correctly identifying the “project” as a new political action committee called Matthew 25 Network, rather than an actual service project based on the teachings in Matthew 25.

Barack Obama certainly does have a shrewd plan to market himself as an evangelical. And a shrewd marketing plan is what it will take to pass himself off to the evangelical community. Fortunately, the evangelicals don’t appear to be as dim witted as the Obama campaign thinks they are.

Despite the concerted push, Obama faces a tough task in trying to loosen the GOP‘s hold on a majority of white churchgoers. A recent poll by Calvin College found McCain leading Obama 57 percent to 25 percent among evangelicals and 43 percent to 35 percent among Catholics.

Abortion and gay marriage — issues on which he openly disagreed with many of the evangelical leaders in the room — dominated the discussion, according to participants.

Many many people recognize that Barack Obama doesn’t and hasn’t represented Christian ideals, so Barack Obama must court evangelicals simply because they won’t court him. To do so, he must employ the slickest marketing tactics he can come up with, what I would call, the Genesis 3 Project.

The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal GOD had made.

The serpent told the Woman, “You won’t die.

GOD said to the Woman, “What is this that you’ve done?” “The serpent seduced me,” she said, “and I ate.”

Am I saying that Barack Obama is the serpent? Well….no, not exactly, but maybe he is an apple; a vehicle for the serpent’s work. At the very least, this most liberal of the liberal senators is trying to convince the American voters he is something that he is not.

But remember the Washington Post article that said Barack Obama is selling hard to evangelicals while John McCain “has done little to court their affections.” I say good for John McCain. This is a great credit to his character. He just lives his life being who he is, and the evangelical community recognizes him for being himself, not someone invented as part of a shrewd campaign strategy. Way to go Senator McCain!

As the scripture says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

(James 4:6 GNB)

James also follows with this sage bit of advice.

“So then, submit yourselves to God. Resist the Devil, and he will run away from you.”


***Big Disclaimer***

Any reference to Senator Obama being Satan or Satan’s emissary is purely speculative, but you know the old saying, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then…..