In the mail yesterday, we received a piece of political literature from the Michigan Republican Party that should arouse the ire of anybody who believes in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was so offensive that Michigan Republican Chair Saul Anuzis should apologize.
One side was devoted to a big picture of the singer Madonna shackled to the cross. Let's put this in perspective. The cross is a sacred symbol for Christians. Their hope and their eternal future was decided by what happened on a cross.
The Michigan Republicans sent this piece to emphasize how electing Democrats would enlarge the universe of evil in our state. They were using the cross for political purposes.
That's wrong. That's wrong period. It should not have happened.
I am not what journalists would describe as a Bible-thumper. I don't feel I'm better than anybody else and I don't use the Bible to score points in a political argument.
But, I firmly believe that my identity comes from that cross. I'm a saved sinner first and foremost.
The Republicans were using sacred Christian symbols for political purposes. That's wrong. Nothing can justify that. I know how the followers of Islam must have felt because of the Danish cartoon. I feel used and cheapened. But, by the grace that came from a cross, I can forgive.