Headed into the 2008 election season, Christian conservatives are weary. Their movement has lost iconic leaders and the Republican presidential field is uninspiring. But they may have found hope in a trailer on the campus of Bell Shoals Baptist Church. Organized by a scarcely known Tampa-area Christian group and ending Saturday, the summit sounded a back-to-basics theme: that evangelicals are called to be active citizens to combat threats from the left; that the work must involve not just national advocacy groups but local people and pastors; and the fight requires patience and persistence.
This weekend’s summit had its disappointments. Organizers had hoped up to 350 people would attend, laying the groundwork for a new Florida activist network. But only 104, nearly all from Florida, had registered by Friday. A workshop on the basics of grass roots activism drew a handful of people — and one was a spy, an activist for Americans United for Separation of Church and State researching the opposition.
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Rebound? Why? What good have politics done for the cause of Christ. I was involved in politics for many years. I majored in Public Administration which I was preparing for a career in politics. I vote and I support candidates privately but as a minister I would never tell someone who to vote for. I don’t believe that politics have ever saved anyone’s life. The so-called conservatives have abandoned Christians and embarrassed us this year and in years past.
I’ve got a novel concept. Instead of organizing groups at churches to get people elected, why not get together and pray for our nations leaders?
What do you think?