I was listening to Rush today when a caller said one of the strangest things I've ever heard.
She wanted John McCain to state what church he was saved in and where he was baptized and when he first started speaking in tongues.
Politics aside, speaking in tongues? I know what that is. I've been present in various churches when such things have happened. Not all Christians believe in speaking in tongues. Catholics don't. Baptists don't. Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, and the list goes on... So, am I not a Christian because I have never spoken in tongues nor do I believe in it? I believe I am Christian. There is no requirement in the bible I read from that says I have to do so. It says that I am not to be ashamed of the son so that he will not be ashamed of me before his father. I am to spread his gospel. I am to believe in him. Have faith in him. And profess his name.
Sure, the disciples spoke in tongues when the holy spirit descended upon them. I am a firm believer that those 'tongues' were the languages of the multitudes of people present in the street that day, not some prophetic proof that those men were Christ's followers.
I attended a Church of God for a while. I know that if there is a message in 'tongues' then there is also someone present in the congregation who can translate. If there is no translation then a) the translator isn't present or is too shy to translate b)The person speaking in tongues may have been caught up in the moment.
At any rate, I'll guarantee you that if John McCain or Obama were to suddenly start speaking in tongues, their polling numbers will plummet and their chances of being elected will be non-existent. Just ask Howard Dean what happens when you get caught up in the excitement of the moment.
Faith is not an issue for me in deciding who I vote for as my President, unless the candidate is Muslim or Atheist. In which case, I certainly have serious reservations.