Okay, I'm sure you all don't want to read a thread like this....but here it goes: In response to a thread that started with making sure you vote for someone who is anti-gay marriage and pro-life (which I am both, by the way), it got me thinking about a Christian's approach to viewing political parties. I think we have gotten a warped view of political parties, with the Republicans being "the Christian party", and Democrats being "non-Christian". I remember being approached by a girl, hard-core Democrat and anti-Christian, after one of Bush's blunders saying that "MY" president screwed up (I can't re-call the instance she was talking about, who knows what it may have been). The point: I do not want to be associated with Bush the way I should be associated with Jesus. She does associate me with Jesus. She knows I'm a believer, and have had numerous conversations regarding my faith, and why she has no faith. The point is that our culture has identified the Republican party as the Christian party, George Bush as the church's President, etc. I doubt anyone would say that there are no Christian democrats. There are certainly pro-life democrats, probably democrats who oppose gay marriage. I think part of the problem comes from a push from churches that things ought to be legislated as law, and if not, than things are going horribly wrong. Well, things are going horribly wrong whether gay marriage is legislated or not. Legislating gay marriage will not prevent homosexuality, nor will it prevent gay couples raising children, nor will it prevent gay couples living as if they were married. Is the attitude and approach a little off? Are we more concerned with voting republican over living the gospel? By the way, I will always vote against gay marriage, and vote pro-life, however I will never carry the attitude that these two issues are the key to our nation running the way it should run. The gospel will change peoples lives, not the laws. Am I way off? Maybe I didn't form my thoughts well, but I'm interested in some responses.