Friday, October 29, 2004

Voting for Bush - The Long Answer to the Short Question of “Why are you voting for Bush?”

Over a week ago I promised to write a longer response to the question: Why I am voting for President Bush.  In 2000 I voted for Nader, well actually, partly for Nader and partly against Bush?s foreign policy expressed then (i.e. Africa is not of concern to the United States) and partly because of the failure to come clean with the DWI conviction from the 1970s.  I never considered voting for Al Gore because my personal opinion was that the Democrat party was and is in the hands of the rich and powerful (an accusation that used to be leveled at the GOP, but at least they never pretended to be for the little guy).  So, why in 2004 am I voting for Bush?

My response comes from my position as a Christian and a theologian.  I do not mean to imply that others Christians who choose one of the other candidates (and lets be clear, you are either voting for Bush or Kerry, or voting against one or both of them because they are the only two people who can win this year ? Sorry Nader).  There are several reasons why I am voting for George Bush:

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Friday, October 22, 2004

The Iraq War and a Christian Near Pacificist

The following was sent to a friend in response to the issue of the Iraq War at both the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) and United Methodist Church annual conferences.  Richard Hays, whose theology and writing I very much appreciate (one of the young theologians in Christianity Today some years ago), said he wished the UMC had wrestled with the Iraq war as Christians like the PCUSA.  The following response was sent to my friend who read my Dr. Hay’s comment in The Christian Century.

The following thoughts reflect the struggles of a Christian who love peace, justice, and community.  It also reflects the struggles of one who sees evil as a very real presence in the world.  After the past century, I don?t know how we can deny that reality, and in light of that, how does one balance their desire for the present and yet still coming Kingdom of God, while at the same time, living with the limitations of the a fallen world.  Over the past two years my thinking has been shaped by the writings of Darrell Cole and Jean Bethke Elshtain, and to them I give many thanks.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Outsourcing from a Christian perspective

Outsourcing from a Christian perspective

This election as well as the economic news of the past few years or so has raised a very difficult question for those of us who care about both the jobs and livelihood of our friends and our commitment to continue on God?s promise that ?All nations will be blessed through you? (Galatians 3:8).  Outsourcing has been especially severe in my city because we have lost many hi-tech jobs to India and China.  Consequently, I get asked a lot about what we should do about this.

This election as well as the economic news of the past few years or so has raised a very difficult question for those of us who care about both the jobs and livelihood of our friends and our commitment to continue on God?s promise that ?All nations will be blessed through you? (Galatians 3:8).  Outsourcing has been especially severe in my city because we have lost many hi-tech jobs to India and China.  Consequently, I get asked a lot about what we should do about this.

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Monday, October 18, 2004

Why vote for Bush in 2004?

Why vote for Bush in 2004?

This is a shorter submission of what will be posted on this site later this month.  Thanks to Hugh Hewitt for pointing out that this is important to do early and often.  I am a 2000 Nader voter because I didn?t trust Bush after the DUI story broke and because I didn?t think Bush understood the seriousness of freedom in the world (see his 2000 comments on Africa).  Here is why I am voting for Bush, as a serious Christian:

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Friday, October 15, 2004

Hugh Hewitt’s Question - Why America is mad about Mary Cheney comment.

Hugh Hewitt on his website today asks, ?Why is America so upset over the Mary Cheney comment??

Hugh Hewitt on his website today asks, ?Why is America so upset over the Mary Cheney comment?? (see yesterday?s post on Lesbian Daughters).  I think it is a great question ? why has this raised the ire of so many?

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About Christopher

All About Me

Family : Married over nine years to Tanya (with her beutiful smile).  Two incredible kids, Alethea Natasha now 3 and Justus Athanasius now 1 (AKA Doodlebug and Squigglebuns).

Education:  BSBA in Accounting in 1991 from Univ. of Colorado, MBA from Univ of Colorado in 1995, MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary (world’s greatest seminary) in 1999 (Tanya graduated in 2001),

Currently enrolled at Nazarene Theological College/Univ. of Manchester (U.K.) with hoped for completion in 2006 - Thesis title: Becoming Truly Human: Sanctification and the Relational God.

Home: Colorado Springs, CO (the world’s greatest place to live).

Workplace:  The Navigators - serving as Special Researcher to U.S. President of The Navigators.  (http://www.navigators.org)

Church: First Presbyterian Church (the countries best PCUSA Church) (http://www.first-pres.org)

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Thursday, October 14, 2004

On Lesbian Daughters - The Gospel’s Good News for Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons

After the hubbub over the Mary Cheney comment in the 3rd 2004 Presidential Debate, I was forced to ask, as a Christian, how do we share the good news of Jesus without telling people to be like us up front?

I, like many of you, was surprised that Kerry brought up Mary Cheney last night.  Now let’s be clear, just about everyone knew Ms. Cheney is a lesbian. Her sexual preference is not news. The question is, what does her sexuality have to do with the candidacy? 

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