I have to admit I was a little leery of this format of Pastor Warren interviewing both candidates in a church. I’m not as big about the separation of church and state as some others, maybe more than some others but it was just so foreign, I didn’t know what to think. Over all, it went a lot better than I thought it might and I enjoyed it a great deal.
I will say I was disappointed in Pastor Warren’s opening comments. He said something to the effect of “We at Saddleback Church believe in the separation of church and state but not the separation of faith and politics. Faith is defined as one’s world view and all of us have a world view.” What disappointed me was that it is not an explanation of faith as I have ever heard of from a pastor. Everyone does have a world view but I don’t equate that to faith. According to Hebrews 11:1 which says “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” OK, yes I could be nit-picking but I think there is a point there not to redefine a word to fit the occasion.
That aside, I think both candidates did well over all. I think they were both personable and comfortable. I found some different beliefs than mine but that doesn’t bother me so. It’s the inconsistency that irks me. Thankfully, that only happened a few times.
Obama did a good job and had great things to say in great ways. He was quick and poetic in his responses. The one thing that bothered me was his answer on abortion when he said something to the effect that rather or not life begins at conception were deep questions above his “pay grade”. First off, not too thrilled to see a possible president deflect that no matter what their position. Then the inconsistent part was when it came to stem cell research he made a statement about being very careful how this works to protect the sancity of life which seems to make some level of statement about the life in a fetus. This seems to contradict in some ways what he said before. Oh, well.
McCain, I think knocked it out of the ball park. I was a little disappointed about some small dancing and not being clear on stem cell research. Everything else though, I thought he was bold and clear. I loved the direct answers that sometimes didn’t wait for the question to be finished. I think he went further in detail on his faith and stood firm on his convictions. I think America saw a different McCain than they expected and the McCain I haven’t seen in years. Now, if he can just stop making dumb ads.
I will also say McCain’s answers were deeper in my call than Obama. Obama was well thought out and good ideas but McCain gave more examples, stories, and understanding in his answers. I believe this was the first time I really saw a difference that experience makes that McCain has. His answers seemed so much more founded in reality that concepts but that could just be me.
I’ll tell ya a little secret, I think I was leaning towards Obama before tonight. Now, unless if something comes out that I don’t know about in this moment, I think McCain has it hands down.
What did you think of the interviews?