[T]here was an article in The Journal by Reginald Killingley promoting voting–which we in the Living Church of God do not do... the article neglected to state is that the only reference in the Bible to voting was when Saul (before he became Paul) voted to get Christians killed (Acts 26:9-10). Paul also specifically wrote that this present world is evil (Galatians 1:4) and recall that Jesus taught:
“My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight…” (John 18:36).
Furthermore, regarding the recent USA presidential election, both candidates endorsed evil... Christians should not endorse evil. Instead of voting in the election, I urged Christians to pray and fast...Here's the thing; how do we balance Bob's statements with the actions of Living University's Dr Michael Germano? These comments were posted by an AW reader.
Notice this August 2008 campaign contribution by LCG elder and Living University President Dr. Michael Germano:
Contribution to John McCain by LCG elder Michael Germano
FEC Report Showing Germano Contribution
Under HWA, this would never have been allowed. Now, a minister and senior LCG leader can openly support and donate to a political candidate.
Yep, Doc Germano apparently pulled out his checkbook for McCain, and even identified himself as a LCG administrator!
One assumes that Doc also turned out to vote as well, being the lesser deed after handing over the shekels.
My question for Bob is, how come it's okay for Germano to indulge in partisan politics, but Reg gets clobbered for asking a few pertinent questions?
And who's in the wrong here over LCG dogma, Bob the naturopath or Mike the administrator? Let's remember that Mike is charged with educating the next generation of Philadelphian COG leaders (assuming there are LCG members who believe that there will be a "next generation.")
Should someone be hauled over the coals for this, fired or even disfellowshipped?
To be clear, I think Doc Germano has every right to throw greenbacks wherever he wants, including lost causes like the McCain campaign. Moreover, he has the right, and I'd argue the duty, to vote.
But Bob, drawing a cloak of unworldly righteousness about himself, says "we in the Living Church of God" do not do that.
So, I'm confused. Does Doc Germano represent a new wave of conservative enlightenment in LCG, or has he just been a very naughty boy?