Sum-up and rant
As a good friend says, "the power of the church to direct and advise people on their moral beliefs and actions is its greatest force for good and its most terrifying way to abuse."
How can you point at others, say they're evil, and then hope to minister and save them? What happened to "love your neighbors"? What happened to civility, respect, and honest and frank discussion?
The "Big 6" seminaries of the Southern Baptist Convention have impressed upon its male pastors-to-be that they are the authority in church and to preach only on political matters and salvation. What happened to serving the poor, widows, the elderly, the sick, the starving, the "sinners"?
Folks, you simply cannot go to church and then vote Republican and feel like you did your Christian duty. We answer to a higher calling... We answer to God. Nowhere in the Bible does it say "Vote Republican" yet as Jim Wallis says - poverty is mentioned over 3,000 times.
Jesus and his disciples did their work under an authoritarian and pagan Roman empire. Did they exert their efforts on winning school board elections, work for campaigns, try to prove Creation, and write letters to their politicians? No. They changed the world by working on the ground... with people, for people. They preached. They served. They loved.
Somehow the true meaning of Jesus' teachings and ministry gets lost in all this rhetoric... while potential Christians are turned off by the incessant shouting and denunciations flowing daily from the mouths of so-called evangelists.