January 30, 2005

THEY WALK AMONG US:

Question what you're told about faith-driven voters (Timothy Burgess, 1/26/05, Seattle Times)

So, who are Seattle's faith-driven values voters? How can we be "reached" by political candidates?

We take our faith and citizenship seriously. In fact, for many of us, our political views are shaped and guided by our religious faith.

We're not Bible-thumpers, but we read it, study it and believe it.

We don't preach hellfire and brimstone, but we acknowledge the power of sin in our lives, and its cunning ability to destroy relationships. Confession is something we do every week because we know who we really are and what the grace of God offers. This perspective gives us pause when we engage politically; we try to listen hard and seek understanding. We're well aware of our faults and biases.

We believe the core fundamentals of the Christian faith — that a loving God made the universe, created us in his image (we don't have a clue how he did that), and sent his son, Jesus, to be our savior. We easily embrace reason and science and see no conflict in that with our faith.

We look back at what Christians sparked in this country — the anti-slavery movement, women's suffrage, prison reform, the civil-rights revolution — and then ask ourselves what we should be doing today to make our city a better place.

We place significant value on personal responsibility and contributions to the community.

We try to teach our kids these things.

We worry about the vulgarity and coarseness of our culture and the "values" preached to our children day after day on television, in movies and magazines, and through music lyrics. We despair at the level of coarseness in our political discourse, too.

Admittedly, we struggle with a lot of pressing issues. We don't like abortion. We value the sacredness of marriage between a woman and man. We recognize that not everyone agrees with us and we know the law isn't a good mechanism to resolve these issues, but moral persuasion is.

We abhor racism and desire justice and fairness for all, especially in our courts, but also in our personal relationships. We're conflicted about capital punishment because all life is sacred. We value truth-telling and integrity.

We worry about America's foreign policy while, at the same time, we love our country.

We're leery of politicians who use God-words and quote Scripture. We can sense the natural sincerity of religious expression that comes from a deep, abiding faith. Yet, we have no problem with religious influence in our culture; in fact, we value it. Our religious pluralism is our strength.


Well, except for that women's suffrage bit...

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 30, 2005 6:57 AM
Comments

Perhaps in the midst of this orgy of self-congratulation, of which

We look back at what Christians sparked in this country the anti-slavery movement, women's suffrage, prison reform, the civil-rights revolution and then ask ourselves what we should be doing today to make our city a better place.

is one example, the author could have considered the broader picture.

Like the Southern Baptist Convention. Just how do they fit in the "Civil-rights revolution?"

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at January 30, 2005 2:37 PM

Most of the leaders were Southern Baptist.

Posted by: oj at January 30, 2005 3:29 PM

Orrin: It's that women's sufferage bit that will revolutionize the Middle East. I was astounded at the number of women voting in Iraq.

Posted by: jd watson at January 30, 2005 11:44 PM

I was part of the Southern civil rights movement. The closest any Southern Baptist got to it was when one spat in my face.

You may have Southern Baptists confused with the National Baptist Convention.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at January 31, 2005 1:14 AM

MLK was a Southern Baptist, though not a "Southern Baptist".

Posted by: oj at January 31, 2005 7:24 AM

What I said. The Southern Baptist Convention is a well-known cult. It contributed zero to the civil rights movement.

Your sophistry is unbecoming.

Your attempts to rewrite history are cute, but this ain't history. I was there and there were not any Southern Baptists on our side.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at February 1, 2005 12:24 AM

They were all Southern Baptists--it was a religious movement.

Posted by: oj at February 1, 2005 12:47 AM
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