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The Internets are abuzz with the comments of Erick Erickson, prime mover of Red State, and CNN's Wingnut Avatar. Here's Erickson on Tuesday's election:

"My world view is pretty simple. I think this world is destined to go to hell in a hand basket by design. I think things are supposed to go to pot. So if Barack Obama wins, I won’t be upset."
I am a happy a proud member of All Saints Church, the ONLY Church the Bushies tried crush by pulling its tax exempt status. I'm just another bozo on the Jesus bus, but I can't let this pass, because Erickson misses Christianity's message -- and the message of Barack Obama. Follow me below the squiggle....

Okay, Erick, first -- "The world is destined to go to hell in a handbasket by design." Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. The book that shook me out of my "lazy agnosticism" and brought me back to the church at age 57, "My Descent Into Death" by Howard Storm is a first person account of an atheist who had a near-death experience and talks to God -- asks God all the questions we would ask. Here's Storm's summation of what he learned (p. 144):

"Free will is the ability to make choices. God has given us this greatest of gifts. This freedom to do what we will is an amazing gift of love that is taken for granted. Even though we may imperfectly know God's will in the choices we make, our intention to choose God's perfect will will please God. We were put in this world to know and to do God's will. That is the whole of life experience."
Erick -- we are NOT "destined" to go to hell in a handbasket. Pull your head out of "Revelations" and open your eyes to real Christianity -- "Love your neighbor as yourself." In any given moment, we have a choice -- hatred or love. Compassion or bigotry. Fear or kindness.

In this election, we have the choice to support a man -- Barack Obama -- who will provide virtually everyone in America with some form of basic medical insurance. That means the 24 year old single mother with a 3 year old with brain cancer won't just have to watch her child die. That means millions of people will have a chance at a better, longer life. The other choice is a man -- a multi-millionaire who will NEVER face the kinds of desperate options faced by those without medical insurance -- who favors "repealing Obamacare on Day 1." That has real world consequences. Thousands of people will die because of this action. Unacceptable to a Christian.

Erick -- you go on to say, "God is sovereign and He is in charge and He will return. That is my hope and my ever present expectation." Once again, I think you mis-read your Bible. Jesus was asked when the kingdom of God would come. Jesus said, "Behold, the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21) That's right -- the spirit of God is within us. We can find what we need within ourselves. And then we'll know what to do.

A conservative Church in my neighborhood has a sign that says "Vote Like A Christian." I intend to do just that. My God is a god of infinite love, compassion, hope and mercy. I have one of God's greatest gifts -- free will. I'm voting for Barack Obama.  

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  •  I really wish people would not commandeer (0+ / 0-)

    their Gods in service of their political convictions. It is ridiculous, when the other side does it. It is not much better, when we do it.

    He who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

    by Sophie Amrain on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 03:07:07 PM PDT

    •  Why? (0+ / 0-)

      What is the difference between saying you vote for a candidate because you saw a family member die with no health insurance, because you teach in a school decimated by budget cuts or because you saw the candidate act according to the teachings of Christ, God or Allah? someone is expressing what is in his or her heart. Ericsson and this poster are not preaching from a tax exempt pulpit or a bully pulpit of public office.

    •  Tried Not To... (0+ / 0-)

      "Commandeer my God in service to my political convictions" seems a bit harsh. I'm not urging anyone to believe anything. Just wanted to counter what I saw as a kind of prevalent ignorance on the other side, and promote a more compassionate way to seeing this.

      I understand there are a lot of atheists and agnostics at Daily Kos. One of the things I love about it is that there's room for everyone.

      •  I understand the urge to counter Ericson's (0+ / 0-)

        ridiculous statements. And I am a nonbeliever. But I always felt, that if God would exist, he could not be partisan. It seems undignified...

        He who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

        by Sophie Amrain on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 05:23:50 PM PDT

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  •  People like you give Christianity a good name! nt (4+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, joedemocrat, ExStr8, kir

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 03:07:52 PM PDT

  •  I voted for Obama. (2+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, ExStr8

    The Devil made me do it!

  •  It's nice to see (1+ / 0-)
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    another person feel like I do. I'm a Mormon who has been taught stuff like 'by their actions you will know them', 'fruits of their labor...', yadda yadda. Here in WA we have mail ballots and mine was put in the dropbox lastnight. I voted for Obama largely because he exhibits more Christ-like values. Well, that and rational policy!

  •  The nuns taught us (0+ / 0-)

    that God is both just and merciful.  If God were only just, no human being could ever deserve "heaven."  So it's the mercy that makes it possible for us to hope.  It's the compassion of an all-powerful God and the life of (his) Son, Jesus, that is our example.  Those who ignore the Gospels have totally missed the message.  Also, I want to know what John (or whoever really wrote Revelation) was smokin'.  I need me some of that.... ;-)

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 03:35:52 PM PDT

  •  he doesn't get it. (2+ / 0-)
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    mjminPA, ruleoflaw

    And unfortunately probably never will...

    Erickson's attitude, obviously shared by many of the religious right, is disheartening on so many levels.  I'm not sure what's worse - his apparent certainty that he has a hammer-lock on knowing God's will, or the fact that he is effectively dismissing the votes of us Christians voting for Obama as being somehow spiritually wrong.

    Paraphrasing N.T. Wright - we should all be pursuing a transformation of character through virtue via faith, hope and love.  I see little evidence of this in any of Erickson's screed.

    I will not gloat on Wednesday morning, I will not gloat on Wednesday morning...

  •  Couldn't agree more (2+ / 0-)
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    joedemocrat, kir

    So tired of the GOP suggesting that theirs is the only Christian view---I see more in Obama that reflects Christian values than Romney's campaign.  Policies that support those who can't help themselves, the ability of people to marry who they love, and protecting the created universe/ environment are positive Christian values.  As a person of faith, I am proud to support The President.

  •  If you can stand atheists who quote scripture, (1+ / 0-)
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    Matthew 25:40 - And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
    I no longer believe in a sky god or blood atonement or miracles. I've laid aside the boojum but held on to the morality. Even though my faith has trickled away, I still look to see the face of Christ in others. I see people in pain and in need and I can't turn away. People were there for me when I needed them. For me, the presence of Christ has become the knowledge that your troubles are my troubles and your joy is my joy. We can wait for healing with our hands on the TV screen or go out and heal the world one broken heart at a time. We can carry our own pain knowing that it gets lighter when we stop nursing grudges and channeling our anger into constructive service to our brothers and sisters wherever we find them. One of the places we can do that is in the voting booth.

    I love what you said:

    That's right -- the spirit of God is within us. We can find what we need within ourselves. And then we'll know what to do.
    If the desire to help, to heal and to feed the hungry is in you, and it shows, then you are on the right track.


    "Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
     no hands but yours, no feet but yours,
     Yours are the eyes through which to look out
     Christ’s compassion to the world
     Yours are the feet with which he is to go about
     doing good;
     Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now."
     St Teresa of Avila

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 05:44:18 PM PDT

    •  I'm With You (2+ / 0-)
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      Ruleoflaw -- I don't believe in the sky god or any of that other stuff either. I don't "believe" in the church (even though I go to one). If I were to define my faith, I couldn't do better than "your troubles are my troubles, and your joy is my joy." What did Jesus say is the great law of Christianity? "Love God with all your heart, mind and soul and love your neighbor as yourself." Period, full stop.

      As Garry Wills said in his book "What Jesus Meant," Jesus NEVER called for a religion to be formed to follow him. He was looking for Christians. He was looking for Christs.

      This is a great comment. Thanks.

  •  Great Post (0+ / 0-)

    Read the article on the "Evangelical Left" y'day (on Kos?) and today this post.  Anyway, for those who ARE Christian and think Obama is the obvious choice for a Christian, it's great to have someone say it out loud.  Last year, I wrote "Jesus is a Democrat" on my truck.  This year, it's going to be "Love Your Neighbor, Vote Dem."  Because I live in deep red Texas, these positive reminders seem like the best way to go when if I just put an Obama/Biden sticker on the truck, it would get rotten egged in the parking lot.  Also enjoying the comments from the "non-believers" that treating other people with love & respect is no different from professing a faith in a certain spiritual teacher.

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