Sunday, January 20, 2008

Elections, Evanveligsts, and the Rock

Charlie gave the sermon and tried to use better language this week, we only heard "stupid" one time and a triplet of "petty." It was an interesting attempt to compare the Gospel lessons of the calling of Peter to the calling of the pollsters. I got one of those phone calls this past week. Whereas Charlie got mad, I got even. I lied and identified myself as a supporter of Dennis Kucinich. As far as I can tell, only space aliens are going to vote for him. In the Republican primary, this part of SC was Huckabee territory even though McCain won overall. I am interested in the religious aspects of this election cycle. A lot has been made of the "Evangelical" vote going for Huckabee. I had to decide if I was "Evangelical" enough to vote for another Arkansas governor after what the last one did to the Oval Office. So I took an on-line quiz. If you have 10-15 minutes click on the title and take this quiz.
"What's your theological worldview?"
I scored as a Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan
"You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God's grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists."

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 86%
Neo orthodox 79%
Roman Catholic 71%
Emergent/Postmodern 57%
Classical Liberal 46%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 43%
Reformed Evangelical 36%
Modern Liberal 18%
Fundamentalist 4%

I am not so sure about the totally depraved part. I am sure that this was not enough to sway my vote.


  1. As the Sunday closest to the Roe v Wade anniversary is designated "Sanctity of Life" Sunday, a few pithy comments on that subject may have been appropriate. I should remind all the liberals in this parish that one of the great liberals of the recent past, Hubert Humphrey, always said that the measure of a civilized society is how well it defends those least able to defend themselves. I submit that unborn children are among those least able to defend themselves.

  2. I concur, and urge all to see the President's Proclamation of National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday at:

    I would not expect to hear this read from our pulpit. For one thing it comes from President Bush, who is an object of derision by a few of our congregants. Second, it might offend those with higher liberal scores than me. Third, some would, in a remarkable twist of logic, consider this an example of negativity from the pulpit, something we are trying to reduce.

  3. And fourth, President Bush declared that date in 2007, the TEC legal team would argue that it does not carry forth to 2008!