Saturday, November 1, 2008

Dailing Phones...

I spent a little time in town today at the Obama Campaign's office in Tazewell. I made phone calls for about an hour. Most were to people in the county's Northern District, where I live.

I must admit that my mostive was somewhat selfish. I wanted the experience, wanted to be able to say I contributed (at least a little).

I called 30 or so phone numbers. The list I worked from was supposed to be undecided voters. No one was undecided. I got one or two disconnected numbers, 10 or 12 calls where no one answered and I maybe got to talk to an answering machine, a few strong Obama supporters, and few Democrats who said they were going ot vote for Obama because, well, after all they were Democrats. And I spoke to one nice lady who supports McCain and said she'd pray for my soul... Oh,well

After my 45 or 50 minutes I handed the phone to someone else and went about my business in town, which mostly involved buying groceries...

2 comments:

Trish said...

it really amazes me how you haven't done your research, you just seem to quote what obama is saying, and none of it has any merit, and he will surely turn this country into socialism, and how can you call yourself a christian and fully support the biggest pro abortion person out there. in 2 years in the senate he has been voted the most liberal senator, thats not what i call an accomplishment. i hope God gets to your heart and head before you get to the polls.

Greg_Cruey said...

Hi Trish,

Whether what I’ve said (or Obama has said) has merit is, I suppose, a matter of opinion. Voters will pass judgment on that question. You mention no “research” of your own. At the risk of sounding arrogant, I suspect from your tone and syntax that I’ve read more “research” than you have. And my guess is that you use the term “socialism” in the broadest possible sense.

You question my Christianity. I wouldn't find that so hard to swallow if your reasons weren't political. (We are, after all, discussing who the next president should be.) HOW can I call myself a Christian? I believe in a triune God (as reflected in the Apostle’s Creed). I believe that Jesus is not JUST the Son of God, but God the Son – the Incarnation. I believe he came to Earth to die as a propitiation, a substitute for sinners, and that I am justified by faith in him. Because I rely on those foundational Christian truths, I find it easy to call myself a Christian. In fact, I feel COMPELLED to call myself a Christian.

I do not think that God is a member of a political party. I’ve read in Matthew 25 - the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, but I’ve never found one where God separates the Donkeys from the Elephants – the parable where he invites GOP Senator Larry Craig and GOP Congressman Mark Foley into Heaven to be with him while sending Former President Jimmy Carter (a Democrat and staunch Baptist) away. There is no Parable of the Donkeys and the Elephants in the Bible.

Let’s talk about Abortion. I’ve said elsewhere that I think Abortion is a sad choice, a horrible thing most of the time. But the word isn’t mentioned in scripture. Passages that get used to define humanity as beginning at conception are usually poetic and can be balanced with passages from the Law and the historic books that seem to say that humanity begins when you breathe or have blood. It’s like arguing about sprinkling vs. dunking (neither position negates a person’s orthodoxy), or about eternal security (Baptists believe in it, Methodists don’t). And there are no definitive, irrefutable passages that simply spell out the truth on the issue. Most Democrats believe that abortion should be a choice, but that it shouldn’t be used as a regular birth control option and that we should find a way to reduce the number of abortions that happen. That’s Obama’s position. And even John McCain doesn’t think that Abortion is ALWAYS wrong…

Abortion is a pill. Conservation Evangelical preachers who share the GOP’s pro-business economic agenda get their congregations to swallow it so they’ll vote Republican. My Christianity is not defined by my position on any political issue (like abortion). My Christianity is defined by my faith in Christ and his atonement. Yours should be, too…