For those who enjoy a refreshing kick of spiritual tackiness, the ELCA church down the street from my place rarely disappoints. The last two weeks in a row, it has boasted two-sided lighted-sign messages. Last week it was: CANCER IS A WORD, NOT A SENTENCE. And on the flip side: CANCER AWARENESS WEEK, etc., etc.
This week's two-faced tackiness reads: IF WE CAN CONQUER SPACE, WE CAN CONQUER CHILD HUNGER --BUZZ ALDRIN. And on the flip side: JOIN US TO FIGHT POVERTY, SUNDAY 10 A.M., etc.
That's two weeks in a row that the message has been about social causes and humanitarian issues. Which is all very nice, but where is Christ? Do the members of this church need God for any reason, other than to bring them together so they can do good? Do they need Christ as anything but an example of how to liberate the world? Do not sin, death, and the armies of spiritual darkness oppose them or trouble them at all?
Clearly, most of these people are going to vote for Obama. After all, he's going to heal the world, right? And that's what it's all about.