The meeting, the group's first, took place in a private office building in Des Moines on Monday. In attendance were representatives from the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, The Family Leader, the group Iowa Right to Life, and a representative for the Iowa chapter of Concerned Women for America. Some pastors from prominent Iowa churches also attended the meeting.So in Iowa, prominent clergy are secretly meeting to plot political strategy with various political operatives and organizations. These are presumably men who make their living from the offerings of the church and are hired as professional ministers by the churches that employ them. Is this what they should spend their time doing? Is this what Paul was talking about in 1 Corinthians 9:14, the Gospel of Republican politics? More pointedly:
There is no one in Iowa that needs to hear the Gospel?
There is no one in Iowa who is going hungry or is in need of clothing?
There are no widows or orphans to be visited in Iowa?
I can think of nothing less pertinent to the Gospel ministry than secret cabals dedicated to finding an alternate candidate to Mitt Romney. One of the names bandied about as a possible replacement to Romney is Newt Gingrich, a smart guy for sure (and if you are unsure he will tell you all about how smart he is) but also a man who is a serial adulterer, twice divorced and an allegend convert to Catholicism. Meanwhile someone like Ron Paul is crossed of the list for his failure to be sufficiently militaristic for "conservative Christians" who apparently think Jesus said "Blessed are the bomb-makers (as long as they live in America)" during the Sermon on the Mount. Since when is a perpetual state of warfare a "family value".
It is scary how many Christians are willing to be so reliant on the machinations of men, whether secret cabals of "social conservatives" in Iowa or Jim Wallace types advocating for income redistribution. So much for seeing first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.