A whole lot of people are trying to drag down the Barack Obama for President campaign by linking Obama with his former reverend. Of course, Hillary Clinton and John McCain have churches with some pretty far out ideas too – and they’ve both linked their church attendance to their worthiness to be President. Let’s start taking a little look at John McCain’s church today.
John McCain’s church is the North Phoenix Baptist Church. I took a quick look at the web site of the North Phoenix Baptist Church this morning, and was amused by a document I found put out by the men’s ministry.
As a side note, I have to say that the men of the North Phoenix Baptist Church seem like a bunch of social dullards. The women’s ministry has something like a dozen different active groups going on, promoting Christian virtues like scrapbooking and going to the movies. The men’s ministry, on the other hand, has two Microsoft Word documents available for download.
Exciting? No. Kooky? Oh, yes.
Now, I don’t like John McCain’s politics, and I think he would make a terrible President. However, I’m not going to claim that this is earth-shattering, and that it involves the kind of moral degradation that in itself automatically makes John McCain unqualified to be President. I think that I found is, however, really kind of creepy.
One of the two online documents for men is the “final draft” of “10 Key Moves” for men… and all the 10 Key Moves are blank. But that’s not the creepy bit. The creepy document is the Manhood Plan.
The Manhood Plan at John McCain’s church asks men to take care of “unfinished business” and deal with mistakes in their lives. There’s nothing wrong with that, in itself. The examples that the North Phoenix Baptist Church provides for how to deal with mistakes and unfinished family business, however, seems to emphasize speed over substance.
Men are encouraged by the church’s Manhood Plan to write down specific action steps for making up for their mistakes. There is a due strongly suggested. The following examples are provided:
I don’t know what a “Depravity Wound” is, but I wonder if a person suffering from one can realistically set a deadline to “build a strong spiritual foundation by June 30.” Might it not take a little bit longer than that? Can a person really set a date, just a few weeks or months ahead in the future, by which time they will have built a strong spiritual foundation?
The “dad” example doesn’t seem to be very helpful, either. If you’re an adult man who has a father that you have to schedule a meeting with so that you can ask him if he loves you and is proud of you, your problems are not going to be solved just by having your father say to you, “What the hell is wrong with you, asking me a stupid question like that? Hand me another beer.”
Then there’s the third example, in which men are advised that they can receive forgiveness from and provide full restitution to the wife and children they have abandoned between now and the first of June. Goodness me.
Maybe some men can make some kind of restitution to their ex-wives in a manner of weeks or months. It depends upon their situations, I guess. However, I do not see how a man who has abandoned his children can possibly make restitution to them in such a short time. Get a clue, Dad: You’re looking at decades of restitution, possibly lasting for your entire life. Forgiveness isn’t going to come quickly either.
It’s not the place of any father who has abandoned his kids to decide all on his own when his restitution to his children is over. He doesn’t just get to say, “Hey, look! It’s June 1, and I’ve been providing you with restitution for 3 months now. Time’s up! Spiritual goal accomplished! Here’s a check for 80 thousand dollars – invest wisely!”
What kind of numbskull church would give this kind of short spurt of effort as an example of dealing with mistakes and unfinished business? Here’s a more realistic example: “I will ask forgiveness from my wife and children I left in a divorce and then spend the rest of my life earning it.”
As most people know, John McCain abandoned a marriage himself, leaving his wife and children to be with another woman. Does anyone know if he followed the advice of the North Phoenix Baptist Church, and arranged a quickie little four-week forgiveness restitution schedule with his ex-wife and children?
The Manhood Plan distributed by the North Phoenix Baptist Church is a whopping five pages long. That includes the title page, where all you’re asked to do is write down your name.
Listen up, all you guys at the North Phoenix Baptist Church: If your plan for how to be a man can fit on just five pages, it’s time to get a new plan.
Barack Obama has repudiated his former reverend. Will John McCain repudiate his church’s skimpy Manhood Plan?