I appreciate your site. While there are many factors
involved in deciding for whom I will vote, your site gives some additional
information which I believe is important. Thank you.
I have a concern. My favorite candidate was
Fred Thompson. Sadly, he had a slow
start and did not have the charisma to move the voters. You mentioned his being
married in the United Church of Christ in a manner that seemed to put him down
for that association. Though I am a conservative Presbyterian Minister of Word
and Sacrament (USA - and there are many of us!) and though I do not agree
with many things the UCC practices, I do know that like my own denomination,
they have their liberals and conservatives. Many in that denomination do not
like their liberal policies, but have chosen to stay in their churches for a
number of reasons, including hoping to be a changing remnant. I would hope that
simple association with a denomination would be explored more thoroughly. "Does
the candidate endorse or believe in the liberal or conservative stance of their
denomination?" would be an appropriate question (or something similar).
Thank you for your work.
The Reverend John Barkett
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Thank you for your email.
While it is true that most denominations have liberal and
today, such liberal-conservative division and even the existence of denominations is unbiblical
since Jesus prayed for His church to be "one":
"I do not
pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their
word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that
they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me."
The only division mandated is between those who remain faithful
to biblical doctrines and practices and those who do not, with the latter being
put outside the body of Christ and administered to as other non-believers until
they repent and seek re-incorporation:
"... Do you not know
that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven,
that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ,
our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with
old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the
unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." (1 Corinthians 5:6-8).
case could be made for Christian missionaries who infiltrate cults like the
Mormon cult and Scientology, their aim
is to bring out of the cults those being saved, as opposed to changing the cults
themselves. We are well aware of the painful dilemma facing those in lumps
increasingly being leavened.
Because your question is warranted, we invited
Fred Thompson to comment on his
affiliation with UCC, as well as other faith topics, to no avail. But if
the former Senator
clarifies or disavows his UCC affiliation, we will be pleased to amend his
profile accordingly. Thank you for your opinion.