I’ve about had it with some of the Evangelical popes.

“Even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools?” The main thrust of Sen. Barack Obama’s point was about how to be religious and live out one’s faith in a pluralistic society and do so in a way that respects the views of others. Yet, the James Dobsons of the world, rather than wrestle with this point, have used this as an opportunity to wage war on Obama. Dobson did evangelical Christians, and the country a disservice in misrepresenting the intent of Obama’s comments.

The religious right is at a bit of a crossroads, finding their power and influence waning, their voice soon to be given less of an ear (because, let’s face it, neither Sen. John McCain nor Barack Obama are exactly their poster children). Frankly, I thought the central hypocrisy of the religious right was exposed with Mitt Romney campaign: he WAS their poster child on every issue. However, he was Mormon, so his beliefs couldn’t be trusted.

Of course how we view the Bible is shaped by our times and cultural mores. Folks involved in the slavery debate were so tied to their economic realities, not to mention blinded by their racism, that they simply could not see their way to the Bible clearly. Whose Christianity should have been embraced?

“‘You are the salt of the earth.’” Jesus’ words were recorded in the book of Matthew. Think of the implications of salt when it comes to cooking. When you notice salt in a dish, when something is too salty, it spoils the dish. Salt in small doses is a supportive ingredient, it brings out taste and acts as a preservative. Salt, especially in Jesus’ day, was a commodity. People valued it and used to trade for it. When was the last time you heard anyone describe the church, or its representatives, this way?

Our spiritual lives should be embodied by those who call themselves Christian and lived out according to the mission of helping to redeem creation. James Dobson doesn’t speak for me. Al Sharpton doesn’t speak for me. Jesse Jackson doesn’t speak for me. And it looks like they are speaking for fewer and fewer people.