Monday, December 22, 2008

Warren good for the Democratic Party?

In the midst of all of this Rick Warren hoopla, a friend passed along this article. Juan Cole, the President of the Global Americana Institute, met Warren at the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He was very impressed with Warren, even within the current maelstrom. This quote, however, was worth sharing with you:
If Warren is the future of the American evangelical movement, then many more evangelicals might end up Democrats, since it is Democrats who care about poor people, illiteracy, and AIDS victims. And if any significant proportion of evangelicals can be turned into consistent Democrats, the party would more regularly win elections in some parts of the country and even nationally.
Pretty sure winning over a significant portion of evangelicals is part of the plan, but I am not sure if Warren will/should be that standard-bearer. By "not sure," I mean, "I hope not."

3 comments:

Darren Staley said...

This brings to mind fantasy football. Sometimes fantasy owners wish for a player on their rival team to be injured in order to win the game. Personally, I don't want to win that way, it cheapens it.

Same with Warren. If he comes around to our way of thinking, cool. But if we need to move in his direction to get a larger bloc of Democratic voters, I don't want to win that way. It cheapens it.

skoelker said...

"...since it is Democrats who care about poor people, illiteracy, and AIDS victims."
"Pretty sure winning over a significant portion of evangelicals is part of the plan."

The exclusivity and narrow-mindedness of those statements is frightening. I hope you are more interested in people than in voters. Christ is neither Dem nor Repub as you know, and His way of change and redemption isn't the way of political power. Drop the labels and work for truth, I say.
Just my 2 cents...

Matt F. said...

I agree with darren. We have enough support without the idiocracy. I frankly don't want to vote on the same side as the people who agree with Rick Warren.