Saturday, November 10, 2012

Dear Albert Mohler & Huckabee, you lost because........

One of our members, Carrie Gilmer, made one of the most passionate, artful, and beautifully written statements today in response to an article we posted called Any Time we lose its because Christians just didn't show up and vote.



Carrie Writes:

The President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary was on NPR the other day. NPR Article  He concluded the loss was attributed to only white suburban evangelicals getting their message which consists entirely of 2 core issues; 1. Legalization of gay marriage, 2. Abortion, being the downfall of all society.

As well, he completely misses the problem fundamentally of a political party being a "mouthpiece" for Jesus, as does the GOP in reverse. I thought in part:

You are wrong!


  • You lost because you assumed arrogantly that you are the moral majority.
  • You lost because you falsely judged your morals were not only superior but others were immoral.
  • You lost because you cared more about prayer in school than if the children there were hungry or not, bullied or not, had opportunity or not.
  • You lost because you clouded half the sky with the pollution of second class status: Women.
  • You lost because you are color blind, you see only in black and white.
  • You lost because you love Tommy Hilfiger and Prada and Coach and NIKE and granite kitchen counter tops more than your neighbor who works to make and sell those things, more than the earth that is altered to create them.
  • You lost because you love jails more than prisoners.
  • You lost because you Trust God more on your money than in people.
  • You lost because you pledge your allegiance to a flag and not your fellow American.
  • You lost because you supported a costume.
  • You lost because you are afraid of discovery and science.
  • You lost because your faith is little and shallow.
  • You lost because you are only able to speak one language.
  • You lost because you loved easy lies and hated the difficult struggle for truth.
  • You lost because you have ears that are shut to listening; Eyes that are closed to observing.
  • You lost because you have five coats, and ten pairs of shoes, and count yourself good when you give your castoffs to the poor.
  • You lost because you look down on "others" and forget to raise them up.
  • You lost because you are lost.
  • You lost because what you tried to do to others was done to you.
  • You lost because you looked for signs of God's approval in things.
  • You lost because you sought morality for people through the law.
  • You lost because you loved the Supreme Court more than the supremacy of love.
  • You lost because you put your heart and soul into removing a splinter from a fellow believer's eye that only you could see, and failed to remove the log all else could see blocking your own views.
  • You lost because you were determined to put Mystery in a dictionary; Omnipotence in a box.
  • You lost because you cannot wonder where you might be mistaken. You do not serve the cause of Christ.
  • You lost because you serve only your own causes.
  • You lost because your conviction is only for the other and not your own hearts.
  • You lost because your fear is greater than your faith.
  • You lost because you have become idolatrous; you made a teaching tool (the Bible) your God.
  • You lost because you can accept no proof that is uncomfortable.
Justice is the cause of Christ.

Diversity is the cause of Christ.

Fullness is the cause of Christ.

Forgiveness is the cause of Christ.

Welcome is the cause of Christ.

Building is the cause of Christ.

Hope is the cause of Christ.

Joy is the cause of Christ.

Humility is the cause of Christ.

Wholeness is the cause of Christ.

Earth is the cause of Christ.

Peace is the cause of Christ.

All life is the cause of Christ.

Human Beings are the cause of Christ.

Comfort is the cause of Christ.

Rainbows are the cause of Christ.

LOVE is the cause of Christ.

20 comments:

  1. Wow, beautifully said!

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  2. Such clarity of vision. Beautiful.
    Thank you.

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  3. I would put it this way:

    You lost because…
    * you arrogantly assume that you are the moral majority.
    * you falsely judge that your morals were superior and others were immoral.
    * you care more about standardized tests and prayer in school than whether school children are hungry or bullied or educated for their own sake and not yours.
    * you dismiss and denigrate half the population as second class: Women.
    * you deny the existence of systemic injustice and systemic poverty.
    * you are color blind, you see only in black and white – seeing neither the rich colors of humanity nor of life.
    * you love your fine clothes and high-tech electronics and granite kitchen counter tops more than your neighbor who works to make and sell them and more than the earth that is trespassed, altered, and violated to create them.
    * you have five coats and ten pairs of shoes and count yourself good when you give your castoffs to the poor.
    * you look down on "others" and forget to raise them up.
    * you love jails more than prisoners.
    * you place more importance on having “In God We Trust” on money instead of trusting that of God in every person.
    * you pledge your allegiance to an empire of domination and not to and ideal of liberty and freedom for all people.
    * your faith is little and shallow and narrow.
    * you are only able to speak only one language.
    * you have ears that are shut to listening and eyes that are closed to seeing.
    * you look for signs of God's approval or disapproval instead of God’s blessing and presence, instead of God’s love and grace.
    * you seek morality through the law instead of using the law to protect rights, freedom, and liberty.
    * you love the supremacy and harshness of law more than the supremacy of love and grace, justice and compassion.
    * you put your heart and soul into removing from the eye of a fellow believer, a splinter that only you could see and failed to remove the log that all others could see blocking your own sight.
    * you were determined to put Mystery in a dictionary, Grace in dogma, and Love in the offering plate.
    * you never wonder where you might be mistaken or might have misunderstood. In doing so, you do not serve the cause of Christ, you serve only your own causes.
    * your conviction is only for the control of others and not for justice and compassion for others and not for how you could be more generous and more hospitable and more of a servant like Jesus.
    * you become idolatrous by making a teaching tool, the Bible, your God.
    * you are afraid of science and discovery and complexity.
    * you accept no proof that is uncomfortable or contrary to your dogma.
    * you love easy lies and hate the difficult struggle for truth.
    * your fear is greater than your faith.
    * you are lost and blind and deaf – you are bleached bones.

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  4. "Love is the cause of Christ."

    Nice finish.

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    1. You lost because your image of Jesus is someone condemning, not someone accepting. You forgot that he said, "Whoever is not against us is with us."

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  5. You lost because your candidate inserted his foot every time he spoke..especially early on and ran an isolationist campaign just as many Mormons in Utah have done by gross mistake in their state for years.. against women and minorities.That alone was enough.

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  6. " The power of love, is the power of Jesus"

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  7. Wow - the Christians that I know (who are also Republicans) are nothing like this! I live in an area that is 70% African American. I don't have granite countertops, I clean toilets at work, my Christian Community feeds the poor,I personally clothe the children in Foster Care in my county, I give MY OWN MONEY to they poor, hungry, sick (not just other peoples TAX MONEY), I visit prisoners, send food home with the children in my communities schools (every weekend!) to those who are targeted as needy, I support medical missions overseas....and I don't do HALF as much as most of the Christians that I know!!! This was a very prejudicial column! I know that some people CLAIMING to be Christians act like that, but they are in the minority.

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    1. That minority, my friend, has called themselves "the MORAL MAJORITY."

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    2. That "minority," my friend, calls themselves; "The MORAL MAJORITY." And they are neither moral, nor a majority.

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    3. There are a lot of Christians who do good - but unfortunately too many do not. Too many think that judging and condemning others is what it takes to be a good Christian. Unfortunately it's the good Christians that are never heard, because they are not doing it to get praise or popularity from others - they do it for the sake of doing it, for the sake of helping others. How many lined up at Chick Fila with the idea they were being good Christians? Would that many line up to help the poor?

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  8. kwestgroot: the problem is - I also know many Christians who do not act like this nor believe many of these things. In fact, some are in my own family. They would never say or do many of these things. The problem is - the Republican Party has become dominated by people who DO believe many of these things. So by connecting with that party, it is assumed you also believe these ideas. The greatest tragedy of all is that so many speaking out call themselves Christians and they have said and done so many truly UN Christian things. I can certainly understand why so many want nothing to do with Christianity - because of Christians like this! God must be so ashamed of so many called by His name! People have said you can't be a Christian and be a Democrat. Actually I believe it is partially because I AM a Christin that I have to be a Democrat!

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    1. Thanks for your comment. It is a sad thing when the minority are so loud that the majority are misrepresented. We are hoping to change that so the misrepresentation will stop, or at least slow down.

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  9. I dunno, but it seems to me that the Republicans lost AND the Democrats won because all the people who didn't vote just can't believe that the Green Party could win an election. Greens are the alternative to perverse politics, not reds or blues. In any case, may God be praised and may we love each other.

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  10. You all forgot one ...the President had it down pat too...and this goes for all that is American...Acceptance is the cause of Christ. Every hamlet every village every town city and county and country needs to learn acceptance is first.Start in your church today.

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  11. "You lost because you are lost" - WONDERFUL! It is crazy to me that some people can proclaim to believe in and follow Christ, but preach a vision of hate, exclusivity, mindless bigotry and judgement. God so loves THE WORLD. Not a small percentage of western society that behaves in a certain way. Your page continues to be an inspiration to me <3 may the Peace and Love of Christ always be with you!

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