Where are the other candidates?
    August 26 2008 by Chuck Mann, Greensboro

     I am a big believer in “separation of church and state.” Jesus once said, “Render unto Caesar (the government) what is Caesar’s (the government’s). Render unto God what is God’s.” Jesus wasn’t a millionaire with a megachurch, and He wasn’t trying to become Caesar.                                                          

    I was bothered by the recent presidential forum with Barack Obama, John McCain, and Rick Warren at the Saddleback Church. Two of these millionaires are running for president. I am not sure if the other millionaire is running for something. By the way there are other people (Ralph Nader, Cynthia Mckinney, Bob Barr, etc.) running for president. Why weren’t they invited? Are they not “Christian enough?” Are they not rich enough?             

    Churches shouldn’t be used for campaign stops, political fundraisers, or propaganda events. Didn’t somebody in the Bible warn about a ‘‘den of thieves”?               

    Chuck Mann
    8/26/2008 2:45:00 AM by Chuck Mann, Greensboro | with 1 comments

Charles Royal
Chuck, I am sure you remember whose image is on the coin Christ referred too before this famous statement (at least among Christians) “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. Render unto God what is God’s.” Likewise, you remember whose image is on us. How do we separate from the state the church, “the body of Christ,” people marked by the image of God, people who are to live in all their ways acknowledging God? I am not suggesting a state church, but as we live we will impact the government. What that looks like is very messy I’m sure.
I watched the You Tube version of the interviews and only a few of the questions being answered. It wasn’t because they were all multi-millionaires. It was because they were high profile public figures that impact public perspectives. Was it appropriate? Considering your response, I am not sure. Was it helpful for me as I consider my voting privilege? Yes. Do I think the solution for the problem of the human soul is found in government? No, it is Christ alone. Do I think Christ had an impact on the government? You bet. The government killed Him to try and stop it. They just did not figure on Him not playing by their rules. Perhaps the forum seems like we are playing by the world’s rules. I don’t know, I am just wondering.
Thank you for your honesty. I learned.
9/15/2008 6:43:14 AM

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