Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Chipping Away at the GOP?

Talkleft reported that Obama will be reaching out to young Christians with a new campaign called The Joshua Generation Project.

"The Joshua Generation project will be the Obama campaign's outreach to young people of faith. There's unprecedented energy and excitement for Obama among young evangelicals and Catholics. The Joshua Generation project will tap into that excitement and provide young people of faith opportunities to stand up for their values and move the campaign forward."

I'm not thrilled with this at all. It might help him win, but I have had enough of politicians catering to this vote and I don't want to win like that. It's one thing to make sure that voters know that the Dems aren't the godless pinko's that the Right has painted them as, but a comment like this does not make me feel great.

"I'm here because somebody marched. I'm here because you all sacrificed for me. I stand on the shoulders of giants. I thank the Moses generation; but we've got to remember, now, that Joshua still had a job to do. As great as Moses was, despite all that he did, leading a people out of bondage, he didn't cross over the river to see the Promised Land. God told him your job is done. You'll see it. You'll be at the mountain top and you can see what I've promised. What I've promised to Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. You will see that I've fulfilled that promise but you won't go there. We're going to leave it to the Joshua generation to make sure it happens. There are still battles that need to be fought; some rivers that need to be crossed. Like Moses, the task was passed on to those who might not have been as deserving, might not have been as courageous, find themselves in front of the risks that their parents and grandparents and great grandparents had taken. That doesn't mean that they don't still have a burden to shoulder, that they don't have some responsibilities. The previous generation, the Moses generation, pointed the way. They took us 90% of the way there. We still got that 10% in order to cross over to the other side. So the question, I guess, that I have today is what's called of us in this Joshua generation? What do we do in order to fulfill that legacy; to fulfill the obligations and the debt that we owe to those who allowed us to be here today?"

I know he is pandering a bit, but it's a little over the top and seems that he is promising something that is just vague enough to get an unwanted following and sect of the Dem party.

The challenge: Get those new faith-based recruits to fight poverty, aids, hunger and climate change rather than battle against gay marriage and abortion. If he can do this, then I say welcome to the Democratic National Party.


Harriet said...

I like your "challenge"!

Sid said...

I think your "challenge" hits the nail on the head. That has always been my problem with organized religion. They focus so much on sin, hell, gays, abortion, etc. and not enough time on what Jesus himself taught: love and compassion for your neighbor. There are many churches who have some great programs which due aim to fight poverty, (in US and other countries), hunger (feeding homeless in KTown, but they seem to be very few and far between.

John said...

Yes, Jesus's social ministry very under reported, because it makes too many people of means uncomfortable.