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READER COMMENTS ON”Obama Will Win: Why and How His Critics from the Left and Right Will be Proven Wrong”(101 Responses so far…)
COMMENT #1 [Permalink]… Shannon Williford said on 12/21/2009 @ 11:28 am PT…
As a fellow refugee from family Southern nut conservatism – my grandfather led the movement that (with HOW SHALL WE THEN LIVE by Francis Schaeffer as one of its texts…) split the Southern Presbyterian Church in two in the late ’60s/early 70s – I am so appreciative of your work, Mr. Schaeffer. I long ago left the church and Christianity; but I feel that religion doesn’t have to be bad. We’ve all seen many examples of religious belief helping turn a sad life around. I hope those who need the love and hope offered by a faith can always get it here in a nation that promises religious freedom.
There are ever-growing numbers of us in the South, I think – folks who hate that the church that preached love and fairness in our youth now seems to emphasize hate and money. We all suffer the uncomfortable feeling of being preached at, prayed for and dismissed at family gatherings. We try to appreciate that they grew up in this, but, for whatever reason, never had the need to question such a lifestyle. It’s easier to believe and follow than to think for oneself for many of them. My family (daughters and wife) doesn’t want to be with other family members due to the situation. They live in another world – a world of their own arts, schools, newscasts and persecuted worldview – each reinforcing the other. Some (many? Most?) of such people aren’t true believers but merely folks trying to make an easier buck by playing within the system. Perhaps they recognize, like right wing pols, that merely displaying a right-wing fool’s faith can be very good for the bottom line, as the gullible true believers are only too happy to part with their money if it involves dealing with anything claiming the faith.
I think my need to save the world came from my Mississippi Presbyterian youth; the need to do “the Lawd’s work;” only I want to save the world now by having free and fair elections everywhere.
Go ‘head, Mr. Schaeffer!Have a blessed day!