Brian McLaren and the Matthew25 Network paid for and aired an Obama endorsement on CNN during the Saddleback Civil Forum hosted by Rick Warren. The ad that aired clearly hinted at, in my opinion, the failed marriage of John McCain while praising the family values of Obama. I have no issue with pastors endorsing their choice as citizens (just not in the pulpit), just that this is a low-blow political ad promoted by Christians in a time where civility is needed.
The irony is that this Matthew25 Network has a letter of invite where McLaren says, “too many of our fellow Christians slip into a ‘culture war’ mindset where neighbors became enemies to be defeated and silenced, not loved as we love ourselves.” They say this while mimicking techniques of the very religious right they are trying to move away from. Dobson does not speak for me, and for this neither will a McLaren.
I think it is not loving as Christians to hint at a comparison of marriages between Obama and McCain. Tasteless. Really, this is sad. The very night that shined for civil discourse from Rick Warren’s questions, has a slight taint from other Christian leaders who really are not playing quite as far above the fray as they claim.
HT: Tyler Braun