Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Fear not, Sister Ruth
In today's Washington Post. Ruth Marcus has an article about the Democratic Party's attempt to court centrist or progressive evangelicals.
You know, folks like me!
And yes, I think she made a wonderful choice in using Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston as an example for the flourishing shepherd leading a flock of Christians.
Again, that would be me!
Listen to Osteen on any Sunday morning (Washington Metropolitan area airs him on Fox right after the Chris Wallace's gabfest opposite Chris Matthews and Gordon Peterson), and you won't hear anything about tax cuts, abortion, gays or illegal immigrants.
What you will hear is the message of God's grace; and gentle nudges of encouragement to open prayer channels that allow one to discern His voice.
Howling Latina posted earlier that Democrats are targeting a few GOP House members and advertising in religious radio stations.
Marcus now writes about the perils in the new strategy, "[B]y all means, let Democrats woo evangelicals and cast the message in a way that speaks to religious voters. But in doing so, keep in mind: What does it profit a party to gain a demographic but lose its soul?"
Well Ruth, "Why are ye fearful, O ye of little Faith?" It's time for Democrats to come out of the wilderness and express their spiritual conviction without shame or fear.