The question many of us will have to answer next November is whether or not we want a born-again Christian in the White House. I’m of the opinion, at least at this moment, that I don’t, and there are several reasons for my thoughts. Primarily, I think, it’s because I’ve never held a discussion with a BAC that the subject hasn’t been brought up. Whether discussing a business proposition to planning a camping trip, every decision is based on that person being a BAC.
I want a president whose first thought isn’t from the stand point of a BAC, but rather, from the position of the leader of the republic. I want the president to think first of the consequences of 1776, of the formation of the republic, and of the enactment of the constitution.
We see in the news pages everyday what happens when theology overwhelms rule or law. We find it in Muslim countries in which their own Koran is deciphered in fifty different views to Christian countries torn apart by the exact same bible the two sides swear by. Think Ireland. Rabid Catholics, evangelicals, Shiites, and Jews all have the exact same philosophy; do it my way or you’re wrong.
The United States of America is not a Christian country. Those that wrote the Declaration of Independence called on God, everyone’s God, for there were as many sects then as now, as many religions then as now, but all calling on the same God, just not the same church. I believe that an Evangelical in the White House would be making decisions based on being a BAC rather than being an American, and that would bring as much chaos as we’ve seen in the Arab and Persian countries this year.
As the leader of one of the strongest and richest countries in the history of the world, his first responsibility must be to the republic, which is made up of many Christian sects, Muslim sects, Jewish sects, don’t forget Hindu, Buddhist, and on an on. A polyglot of religions, sects, churches, beliefs, philosophies. Oh, and there are some that simply don’t believe.
I believe our next president must be prepared to lead the republic as a whole, and not make decisions based on a radically narrow point of view as is often voiced by born-again Christians. Using examples from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, the president should be able to do what is best for the republic.
And, while we’re at it, all the current crop of candidates and wanna-be’s, let’s start talking about the economy, about oversight of International Corporations, about fairness in the tax code, and about government programs that have become more than obese through lack of oversight, and get religion out of the debates.
Take a chance and read a good book, and always, stay regular.