Obama v. McCain: A Referendum on God?

Yet another McCain rally gets, ah, wierd.

This just in (from the AP wire):

Unhelpful for establishing the tone McCain sought in Davenport was the Rev. Arnold Conrad, past pastor of the Grace Evangelical Free Church. His prayer before McCain arrived at the convention center blocks from the Mississippi River appeared to dismiss faiths other than Christianity and cast the election as a referendum on God himself.

“I would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god — whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons,” Conrad said.

“And Lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation, because they’re going to think that their god is bigger than you, if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name with all that happens between now and Election Day,” he said.

Apparently, in the minds of at least some McCain supporters, Obama v. McCain is a showdown akin to the priests of Baal v. the One True God.

Below is a painting depicting the competition between the priests of Baal and the priests of Yahweh (from I Kings in the Bible). In their competition to see who could successfully pray down the consumption of a sacrifice, the priests of Yahweh win, and fire drops from heaven. King Jehu then has the priests of Baal slaughtered (this is depicted in the background behind the river):

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to Obama v. McCain: A Referendum on God?

  1. nd says:

    God has always been abused in the petty battles of man.

    In S.Africa, the Descendents of the Dutch colonisers, prayed to God to help them defeat the indigeneous population at what became known as the battle of blood river. A church in praise of their god, was erected after they victoriously gunned down their spear carrying opponents, who incidentally lost their land and other rights. The bible was also translated, giving them titles of god’s chosen.

    It is then not unknown that racists and other backward peoples invoke god, when reason and logic fails.

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