My estimation of McCain just went up by about 3000%.
Even before the weird comments about Hitler surfaced, McCain had a really, really good reason to reject Hagee’s endorsement:
Hagee is a nutburger.
I’ve never seen or heard Hagee preach that he wasn’t off on some nutty dispensational tangent. One of those charts-and-graphs-left-behind-hal-lindsey types.
I love this quote from Tony Campolo, from a sermon he gave to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in 2003:
I hear Christian radio denouncing poor Harry [Potter] who chooses the right friends and runs with the right crowd and does the right thing . . . Instead of preaching against Harry Potter I suggest that you people who are preachers start preaching against those really hot sellers in the Christian community, those Left Behind books. Nobody wants to say it. You are scared to attack the Left Behind books which are false theology and unbiblical to the core. And it is about time you stand up and say so.
I mean all of this stuff comes out of not only fundamentalism. It comes out of dispensationalism, which is a weird little form of fundamentalism that started like a hundred fifty years ago . . . Augustine doesn’t talk about it. Calvin, Luther, none of those people talk about it. Southern Seminary has now enshrined Calvin. Well, if you’re going to enshrine Calvin at least accept his eschatology, which would put Left Behind out of business tomorrow.
You tell ’em, Tony.
Of course, Paul makes an excellent point here. Nutburger or no nutburger, political endorsements should be considered beneath the office of the pulpit. When we step into worship on the Lord’s Day, we are reminded that we are citizens of the Kingdom of God, which transcends any other citizenship or allegiance. There is not an American flag in our sanctuary at our church any more than there is a Chinese flag. We are all citizens of God’s kingdom, no matter what our nationality or political affiliation.