Weird political news

The political landscape keeps getting stranger and stranger.  Three new examples after the jump. [Read more...]

Ted Cruz hammered for not tithing

In the struggle for evangelical voters, Ted Cruz has seemed like the most evangelical candidate of them all, with his family history and overt Christian rhetoric.  But his financial records indicate that he doesn’t tithe!  He has given away only 1% of his income, instead of  the 10% that many (though not all) conservative Christians believe the Bible requires.  So now some evangelicals are turning against him.  The main beneficiaries are apparently tithers Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson.

Is this a valid issue, or an example of Christians misapplying their beliefs to politics? [Read more...]

Rubio on Christianity, Christians on Rubio

Like Trump and Cruz, Marco Rubio is talking about his faith.  After the jump, see his response to an atheist and his campaign commercial that includes talk about accepting the free gift of salvation offered by Jesus Christ.”

Does he go too far in mingling Christianity and politics?  What differences do you see between these three presidential candidates in the way they relate their faith to their politics?  My observations after the jump. [Read more...]

Ted Cruz on Christianity, Christians on Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz, like Donald Trump, is also talking a lot about Christianity.  He says, “we should not be ashamed of Christ,” begins his campaign appearances with prayer, and regularly cites 2 Chronicles 7:14.  See details after the jump.  Does he go too far in mingling Christianity and politics? [Read more...]

Trump on Christianity & Christians on Trump

Donald Trump addressed Liberty University, calling on Christians to “band together” and promising that “we’re going to protect Christianity.”

He also cited his favorite Bible verse: “Two Corinthians, 3:17, that’s the whole ballgame … is that the one you like?”  (“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”)

Liberty’s president, Jerry Falwell, Jr., said that Trump walks in Christ’s footstep.  “Donald Trump lives a life of loving and helping others, as Jesus taught in the New Testament,” Falwell said.

Meanwhile, in an interview last Sunday (excerpted after the jump), Trump doubled down on his earlier statement that he hasn’t asked God for forgiveness because he hasn’t done anything wrong.  He did, though, say that he has “a great relationship with God.”

I can see Christians voting for a non-Christian who promises to protect them.  I suppose the Children of Israel would have voted for Cyrus over Nebuchadnezzar.  Then again, do we need an earthly ruler to “protect Christianity”?  Isn’t that a violation of Psalm 146 (among other texts)?:

Put not your trust in princes,
    in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
    on that very day his plans perish.  (Psalm 146:3-4)

At any rate, does it make sense for an “evangelical” to present someone who, by his own admission, feels no need of the gospel and so lacks faith by nevertheless presenting him as a Christian because of his alleged good works?  Or is Trump’s claim, using evangelical language, to have a “great relationship with God” enough, despite his indifference to the gospel?

Don’t get me wrong:  Christians can certainly support whoever they want for secular reasons.  Doesn’t this show how ridiculous it can get to mingle religion and politics?

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Support for Rubio surges among evangelical leaders

World Magazine has been surveying the candidate preferences of over 100 evangelical leaders.  As we blogged about a month ago, their pick was Marco Rubio.  Today that support is even greater, with 53% of the churchmen saying he is their #1 or #2 choice.  The support for Jeff Bush, though, has plummeted.

And Donald Trump is at the very bottom of Republican contenders, with only 5% saying he is #1 or #2, and 81% saying they would never vote for him.  That’s rather different from rank-and-file evangelicals, 23% of whom support Trump, though Ben Carson–that other outsider who is also near the top of the polls–has passed him with that demographic at 29%.  Carson, the African-American surgeon who is a devout Christian of the Seventh Day Adventist tradition, must not be forgotten. [Read more...]