Thursday, May 22, 2008

McCain rejects Hagee's endorsement

Republican presidential candidate John McCain has rejected the endorsement of San Antonio megapastor John Hagee.

Hagee, pastor of the Alamo City's Cornerstone Church, endorsed McCain three months ago, sparking a controversy among Christians who view the Arizona senator as a RINO (Republican In Name Only).

McCain was said to have formally rejected Hagee's endorsement due to Hagee's controversial comments on the Catholic Church and on the state of Israel. His rejection reminds me of Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama finally getting around to rejecting the controversial statements made by his pastor Jeremiah Wright.

According to the Huffington Post, McCain's decision stemmed from a controversial statement Hagee once made about God allegedly using Adolf Hitler to usher in the State of Israel. Hagee, according to HP, has claimed his comments have been taken out of context. Maybe so, but it really illustrates for me that ALL pastors--from the staunchest conservative to the most ardent liberal--should focus on three things: preaching the Gospel, encouraging believers in their growth and teaching what the Bible says.

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