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Jim Daly, the head of Focus on the Family, has some interesting quotes in a LA Times article yesterday:
“If the Christian message has been too wrapped around the axle of the Republican Party, then a) that’s our fault, and b) we’ve got to rethink that.”
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“I think what we’ve got to do in the Christian community is be far more humble … and not call it a war, a culture war.”
 More from the article:
He also said it would behoove conservatives to forge a working relationship with the Obama administration, which he said he tried to do in the president’s first term, most prominently by taking part in the president’s efforts to combat fatherlessness, and encourage more two-parent families. Daly said that he and Obama share the experience of growing up without a father, and he hoped to continue working on the issue during Obama’s second term. “Frankly, after the election, I felt sorry for President Obama in one respect: He’s got a tough job,” Daly said. “We need to pray for him, as the Christian community. I mean … I think President Obama needs divine guidance.” He stressed that he did not mean that in a condescending or sarcastic way. “I’d say the same thing about Mitt Romney,” he said. About Obama, he added: “We have these differences and they’re deep, but in reality, he’s simply a human being. … If a Christian holds that back and he or she isn’t willing to pray in that way, they’re not living a Christian life in that regard. If hatred or anger has built up to that level, then they’re missing the Gospel of Christ.” Read the article here… Thoughts? Todd
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Controversy
Joel Osteen is clarifying his position that Mitt Romney is, indeed, a Christian.  Here’s his quote:
“What I see about Gov. Romney is that he says ‘I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He’s raised from the dead and he’s my savior.’ I see him as being a believer in Christ like me…  That’s enough for me… There’s differences in all religion. I realize that Mormonism is different from Christianity, but you know what he’s a man of faith and values. And to me that’s strong.”
Here’s the video: OK… so what do YOU think? When someone says ‘I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He’s raised from the dead and he’s my savior,’ is that enough? If they’re mormon?  If they use the NIV11?  If they’re homosexual?  If they’re catholic?  If they get drunk?  If they don’t believe in hell?  If they are living with their girlfriend?  If they’re obese?  What if they don’t ever attend church? What exactly is the litmus test after the above statement? I realize I’m agitating here… but I’m guessing that we all come down slightly differently on this.  Let the theological debate begin… Leave your comments below…
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Controversy
Quote from Joel Osteen in the Washington Times: “I believe that [Mormons] are Christians,” Mr. Osteen said. “I don’t know if it’s the purest form of Christianity, like I grew up with. But you know what, I know Mormons. I hear Mitt Romney — and I’ve never met him — but I hear him say, ‘I believe Jesus is the son of God,’ ‘I believe he’s my savior,’ and that’s one of the core issues. “I’m sure there are other issues that we don’t agree on. But you know, I can say that the Baptists and the Methodists and the Catholics don’t all agree on everything. So that would be my take on it.” Agree or disagree? Todd  
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Current Events
As a prominent evangelical pastor and supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking heat for calling Mormonism a “cult,” a newly released poll says most Protestant pastors in U.S. agree that Mormons are not Christians. Three out of four pastors surveyed by Southern Baptist-affiliated LifeWay Research said they disagreed with the statement that Mormons are Christians. The poll was conducted in October 2010 but was not released until Sunday (Oct. 9). The poll of 1,000 Protestant clergy reflects a continuing a challenge for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Mormon, in connecting with evangelicals, who are a key GOP constituency. Reponses to the poll differed somewhat by denomination, with two-thirds (67 percent) of evangelicals strongly disagreeing that Mormons are Christians, compared to only 48 percent of mainline Protestants. via The Washington Post. OK… so let’s say that Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination.  Are you more prone to take on mormonism from your church’s pulpit?  If so, what will you say about Mormonism?  Is it a cult? How will you respond? Todd
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Current Events
First Baptist Church of Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress last week introduced Rick Perry at a major conference of Christian conservatives as “a genuine follower of Jesus Christ” and then walked outside and attacked Mitt Romney’s religion, calling the Mormon Church a cult and stating that Mr. Romney “is not a Christian.” The Perry campaign sought to put some distance between Mr. Perry and Mr. Jeffress, stating that the governor “does not believe Mormonism is a cult” and that Mr. Jeffress was chosen to speak by the organizers of the event, the Values Voter Summit, which was put on by the Family Research Council, the American Family Association and other evangelical Christian groups. via NYTimes.com. // OK… what do you think of this? Do most of us (and maybe I’m speaking out of turn here) view Mormonism as a cult? Was Jeffress right to call it that publicly? Was Jeffress right to say that Romney is not a Christian? Even if that’s what he thinks (and even if I might agree with him)… should he have said it? It certainly wasn’t the politically correct thing to say. So… my question to you… should he have said that?  Give a brief explanation of why you think he should have or shouldn’t have. Todd
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