Scott and others,
I totally understand your intent. I know you were not trying to call me out at all. And even if you were its understandable, I share your frustrations. As well thanks for giving me the beneift of the doubt.
I cannot speak for anyone but myself nor can I speak for evangelicals. The only reason why I call myself an evangelical is that I happen to believe in the same basic doctrines. Where my road breaks away is in practice. That being said I will offer my opinions:
Honestly I would say that most evangelicals "worldview" is more shaped by capitalism, pop-culture, the GOP, fear, and a consumer based/attractional model of church than by the new testament. Fear more than likely being the most dominant. Fear nearly always results in anger, anger if not delt with results in hate. Which is why so many fundamentalist are so hateful.
And most of the issues are not so simple. A Christian know that they cant tell a young lady who is considering an abortion, "hey abortion is murder, dont do it, put it up for adoption instead...." (yet some still do I know) yeah right its not so simple when you are in her shoes. When complex issues like that arise frustration insues and then fear then anger then hate. Same thing with homesexuality its not so simple as go to gay camp and they will fix you.... its complex.
So you as a christian you are taught that the end of the world is coming becasue of a political candidate, and if you vote for someone who supports abortion you are bringing a curse upon our nation... etc... Its woven into the christian culture so deeply and thuroughly that I fear that string cant be pulled out.
I mean its funny I had a Christian friend tell me that Obama is a socialist so he cant vote for him. I was wondering if the dude had ever read the old testament when all the laws for culture were being established, or if he knew anything about Jesus. I dont know if Jesus would be a socialist but I am positve he would not be a capitalist. By saying that I must say that I do appreciate capitalism and know that socialism will only work in a perfect world.
SO you talk about the forest... its easier for an evangelical to boil it down to just a few trees: abortion, gay marriage, war or terror (irradicating evil). And honestly I try to read what Marko and others say on here and well I dont comprehend it all. So my trees are ones that I actually read and see in the life of Jesus. A quote from Kurt Vonnegut, a proclaimed athiest who wrote the Slaughter House Five, it got me thinking. "For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes
. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course thatís Moses, not Jesus. I havenít heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere."
So the beatitidudes and the sermon on the mount is what I have decided would be my cheat sheet for candidate selection. And well I cant seem to find much of "McCain Palin" in there. As well I have made an Art peice to hang in my house with the beatitudes
on it I think they are very powerful.
If you want more of a point by point kind of thing I am happy to give it a shot.
And by the way I actually censored myself when I called the Focus guy a douche bag.....