Where are the Real Evangelical Christians?
I was raised in a Catholic home and even attended a Catholic school for six weeks in first-grade before Mother Superior suggested to my parents that they “think Tom would be better suited to a public school environment.” That was a polite way of saying get him out of here – but that’s another story.
As a Catholic in the 1960s and early 1970s it was made painfully clear to me that eating a hot dog on Friday would basically condemn me to eternal damnation. I wonder what has changed from then to now, where evangelical Christians have become politically expedient and allowed the rulebook to become more than a little obfuscated with regards to Newt Gingrich.
It is no secret that Newt Gingrich has lead anything but a Christian based life nor has he been a life-long supporter of evangelical Christian values. But as a self-admitted adulterer, philanderer and wrongdoer while the Speaker of the House, he has seemingly become the darling of South Carolina’s Evangelical Christians. This is baffling when Rick Santorum, the newly crowned winner of Iowa based largely on the support of Evangelicals in that state, has gained little or no traction in South Carolina.
From a Rasmussen poll this morning we see that “evangelical Christians prefer Gingrich by 37% to 21% margin, with Paul and Santorum at 16% and 15% respectively. Romney leads among all other religious groups.” That’s better than a 2:1 margin of support for Gingrich over Santorum from Evangelical Christians, and a snub on a man who’s life seems exemplary relative to Christian conservative views. This redemption thing with Newt only goes so far with me, and this is a man who walked out of a press conference this morning when his extramarital affairs became the topic of reporter’s questions.
So I have a question for the South Carolina evangelicals. Have you abandoned your principles in favor of political expediency and are you against Mitt Romney because he is a Mormon? Both strike me as possible, and reek of hypocrisy at best and religious bias at worst.
Mother Superior, who tossed me out of first-grade at Catholic school would be as confused as I am.