My wife called me this evening to watch Sean Hannity’s interview with Senator John McCain. As many of you know Sean Hannity was extremely critical of McCain during the primaries.
He did a very candid interview tonight and raised several of his objections quite fairly. I felt McCain handled them honestly and without attempting to curry favor with people who do not like him on some "hot issues." What interested me in particular was John McCain’s answer to the Jeremiah Wright/Barack Obama story of the past four days. He told Hannity that he "sincerely believed" Obama’s answers on Friday evening were truthful and that he would not turn this pastor and parishioner story into a political issue. He condemned the pastor’s inflammatory and hateful speech but he also said, "Senator Obama is a decent man and if he says something I believe him. I profoundly disagree with him politically and I will campaign hard against him but I do not intend to turn this into the politics of personal destruction." Bravo for McCain! He added that he feels that millions of people are tired of such politics. I sure am.
Hannity then reminded him that he said in 2005 that Senator Clinton "would make a fine president." He smiled and graciously said that he meant that she was very qualified to lead. He added that he did not dislike her as a person and that in fact he considered her a strong campaigner and a good senator. But he reiterated that he intended to campaign very hard against her views if she were the nominee. I found myself hoping and praying that this would be the case on both sides. We need good political debate but this does not mean we should turn this business into the politics of mutual destruction as we’ve seen in recent years on both sides of the political divide.
Such an appeal for honesty, civility and human respect is precisely what I had in mind in the blog that I wrote on Saturday about Barack Obama. It is what I have also appealed for over the past four months. I sincerely hope many more Christians will listen to such appeals. (Many Christian leaders are making them from what I see and hear day-by-day.)
Our warfare is "not with flesh and blood" and thus we have an opportunity to regain missional ground that we lost in the recent culture wars if we learn to fight such battles in the right way. Our Lord did plainly say, "Blessed are the peacemakers." This is for all of us, Democrat and Republican Christians both.
Even the abortion issue does not justify the hate speech of many who are pro-life. I have been pro-life since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. To use McCain’s terms, with a twist, "I am a foot-soldier in the pro-life movement." But I have never felt the issue justified the methods of some pro-life people. I think the success of recent years proves this point but some clearly disagree with me.
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I was extremely saddened to read this article today.
Yes, everyone knows I have a problem with McCain on a particular issue, but I have always respected his moral character, his time spent in Vietnam, etc. But the following article really disappointed me.
The article reads:
“She says. ‘My accident is well recorded. I had 23 operations, I am five inches shorter than I used to be and I was in hospital for six months. It was just awful, but it wasn’t the reason for my divorce.
‘My marriage ended because John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25. You know that happens…it just does.’
Some of McCain’s acquaintances are less forgiving, however. They portray the politician as a self-centred womaniser who effectively abandoned his crippled wife to ‘play the field’. They accuse him of finally settling on Cindy, a former rodeo beauty queen, for financial reasons. ”
This was a very sad article.
The emotional, heart-wrenching part of it comes above when McCain’s crippled ex says ‘My marriage ended because John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25. You know that happens…it just does.’
Here is John McCain who was repeatedly tortured almost to the point of death in Vietnam for 5 years. McCain lost permanent usage of his arm, and maybe other negative physiological effects as well, I am sure.
In other words, John McCain’s physical health is not exactly excellent either.
And yet, by the grace of God, he is set free, returns to America, and finds his covenant wife to be less than pleasing to the eye, and he then chooses to adopt the playboy lifestyle, divorces her, while marrying a much younger girl (18 years younger) just 1 month after the divorce.
May God give us His grace and mold our character to be markedly different from unbelievers.
May God transform our moral character so that we can be faithful and sexually pure to our wives, even if our covenant wife is physically disfigured due to terrible tragedy or disease or whatevery may happen in the future.