Believing that "my leader must worship my God" encourages the pandering and hypocrisy we say we deplore in our leaders. I find it interesting that most people I know whom I would deem religious rarely talk about their beliefs in day-to-day conversation. How they choose to renew their spirits, worship God and help their fellow man, is nothing to be ashamed of, but it is personal. I think most Americans, like me, believe their spirituality (or lack thereof) is their business. Now, political candidates these days wear their professed faiths like billboards, stumping at churches, shaking hands with high-profile preachers and giving shout outs to God. Call me cynical, while I don't doubt most politicians have some sort of spiritual belief, I suspect most of this religious grandstanding is for show.
I evaluate people based on what they do, not who or what they claim to pray to. For all the God talk that George Bush has done, for all his claims of being born again, he apparently hasn't asked himself "What would Jesus do?" in eight years. His brand of Christianity is like none I recognize.
In 1802, Thomas Jefferson wrote:
"Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State."
I agree. What do you think? How important is faith to your choice of a candidate?