I am an avid reader of the editorial page in my local paper and have noticed a predominant theme in many recent letters: if only everyone were a Christian and went to an Evangelical church every time the doors opened, life in America would be a virtual Utopia. This couldn't be further from the truth. The true measure of a person is not simply what they say they believe but if they actually walk the walk. Sadly, in my experience, the vast majority of self-identified Christians don't walk the walk. This is particularly true of conservative “Christian” politicians. A case in point is Michelle Bachmann's unsupported accusations towards a State Department official. I believe one of the Ten Commandments is that we shall not bear false witness against our neighbors. Yet that is exactly what Michelle Bachmann and a few other Conservatives did.
As we approach the November election, I urge everyone to let deeds bear more weigh in their voting decisions than creeds. Benjamin Franklin believed that on the Day of Judgment, we would not be judged simply on our beliefs but rather that our acts would play a prominent role in where a person ended up for eternity. One of my favorite quotes is from prominent Freemason Albert Pike: “What we do for ourselves dies with us; what we do for others and the World is and will be immortal.” No one remembers how many times a year Abraham Lincoln darkened the door of a church; rather, he is remembered for ending slavery. In other words, a deed, not a creed.