Christian Concession E-mail

In all the election results from last week, I didn’t hear much about the nine victories by members of the Indian-American community… until now.

In Minnesota, Satveer Chaudhary sought re-election for his seat in the state Senate and won his third term to that post. Chaudhary is the first Asian-American elected to the Minnesota legislature, the youngest member of the state Senate, and presumably the only Hindu. He was running against Rae Hart Anderson, a Christian, teacher, and registered nurse.

When Anderson lost, she didn’t make the customary concession call to Chaudhary. She emailed him. And what gracious, tactful remarks did she send the young man?

The local CBS affiliate got ahold of the email…

Congratulations on winning the District 50 senate race. Your phone is “busy”…no doubt with good wishes!

I’ve enjoyed much of this race, especially the people I’ve met…even you! I see your deficits–not all of them, and your potential–but not all of it. Only your Creator knows the real potential He’s put in you. Get to know Him and know yourself…you’ll be more interesting even to you!

The race of your life is more important than this one–and it is my sincere wish that you’ll get to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He died for the sins of the world, yours and mine–and especially for those who accept His forgiveness. His kingdom will come and His will be done–on earth as it is in heaven. There’s more….I love belonging to the family of God. Jesus is the way, the truth and offers His life to you and each human being. Pay attention…this is very important, Satveer. Have you noticed Jesus for yourself…at some moment in time, yet???

God commends His love to us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

Death came upon all and was defeated by the superiority of Jesus’ life and His tomb is empty. God in Christ is reconciling the world back to Himself, with offered forgiveness–this is one choice we get to make nose to nose with the living God–fear Him and you need fear no other. Become His family and know the love of God that passes knowledge. See Isaiah and the Gospel of John…good reading while waiting for fishes to bite.

God sent not His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
John 3:17

Jesus Christ lives in His earth family by His Spirit. He said He’d be back, and He said it first. You could invite Him to make the race of your life ‘eternal’. God waits to be gracious to each person that knows they need to be forgiven. Do you? I think you do. Just ask. Christ won eternal life for you and said so. Take Him at His Word. Take some time to get acquainted with this power-filled Jesus…God with us. You could be a temple of the living God, by invitation—yours, TO GOD. :) There’s nothing like belonging to Christ…not winning, not money, not degrees…it’s the best.

Good wishes and better wishes…until you wish for the best!

Rae Hart Anderson

Wow. Never heard of a concession sermon before.

As one of the commenters on Sepia Mutiny noted, that’s called “losing with grace.”

Wonkette is a little more blunt about all this.

It’s not even a mean email. It’s just completely ignorant and disrespectful of Chaudhary’s beliefs. And you get the impression Anderson would’ve been saying similar things to her constituents had she been elected, which is just frightening.


[tags]Indian-Americans, Hindu, Satveer Chaudhary, Christian, Rae Hart Anderson, Minnesota, CBS, Jesus, Sepia Mutiny, Wonkette[/tags]

  • QrazyQat

    Of course it’s a mean email — and meanspirited. I know you’re saying it doesn’t curse or call him names overtly, but you don’t have to have much reading skill to see it as a meanspirited harangue — and that’s a mean email regardless of what words it does or doesn’t contain.

  • jim henderson

    As a follower of Jesus I aplogize for this woman’s meanspirited, small minded and bigoted remarks

  • http://sillyhumans.blogspot.com Michael Bains

    Yep. That email was about as clueless, inappropriate and pretentious as it gets.

    Why not a simple, “I’ll keep working for my views in our community, but I just wanted to congratulate you on capturing the voters’ attention.

    Sincerely

    Clueless and loving it, ain’t she..

    {sighhh}

  • Allen

    When, among atheisits, did it become “disrespectful” and “mean-spirited” to positively — without direct insult or threat — tell someone what you believe, why you believe it and that you believe they will be a better person if they come to see your point?

  • Eliza

    Evangelism is inappropriate in this setting – Emily Post would agree, I think. And this starts out as the kind of evangelism that is really a dig at the other person:

    I see your deficits–not all of them, and your potential–but not all of it. Only your Creator knows the real potential He’s put in you. Get to know Him and know yourself…you’ll be more interesting even to you!

    Then there’s this part:

    There’s more….I love belonging to the family of God. Jesus is the way, the truth and offers His life to you and each human being. Pay attention…this is very important, Satveer. Have you noticed Jesus for yourself…at some moment in time, yet???

    She’s lecturing him (“Pay attention, this is very important”) and seems condescending (Have[n't] you noticed Jesus….yet??? – implicit in this is, “you dummy!!!”).

    This is hard-core Christianese, which those of us who aren’t Christians need an interpreter to make sense of. Either that, or it’s gobbledy-gook.

    Death came upon all and was defeated by the superiority of Jesus’ life and His tomb is empty. God in Christ is reconciling the world back to Himself, with offered forgiveness–this is one choice we get to make nose to nose with the living God–fear Him and you need fear no other. Become His family and know the love of God that passes knowledge.

    And this one just irritates the editor/grader in me:

    good reading while waiting for fishes to bite

    (The plural of “fish” is usually “fish” – “fishes” isn’t incorrect, but sounds odd unless it’s in a poem or song in which the meter requires an extra syllable, as in “Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea, Joy to you and me”.)

  • nemo

    Listen Satveer, my fairy tale is superior to your fairy tale!

  • http://bootson.blogspot.com Right Hook

    Senator Chaudhary is not as squeaky clean in this as people seem to think. In fact, he is largely responsible for manufacturing the situation.

    See http://bootson.blogspot.com for a different perspective.

  • HappyNat

    “When, among atheisits, did it become “disrespectful” and “mean-spirited” to positively — without direct insult or threat — tell someone what you believe, why you believe it and that you believe they will be a better person if they come to see your point? ”

    I don’t think it is disrespectful, as long I as I can’t get my 2 cents in without being called disrespectful. The problem with this e-mail is that she comes across as a looney. Why would you say this in a consession e-mail (who ever heard of a consession e-mail anyway)?


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