My God is Bigger Than Your God


In case you missed it over the weekend, a minister who gave the invocation at a McCain rally in Iowa couched his prayer in terms I’ve never heard before: God’s own reputation is at stake in this election, he said, because so many Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists around the world are praying for an Obama victory that if Obama wins, they’ll think “their god is bigger” than the Christian god.

It conjures up bad Japanese movies, or the fanciful musings of 10-year-old boys. Who would win between King Kong and Godzilla? Between Allah and Vishnu? Does the Christian god have an unfair advantage because he’s three in one? His “theological” take also suggests some influences from Greek mythology, but instead of angry gods hurling lightning bolts at one another, they’re trying to throw an election one way or the other, which is almost post-modern in its own way.


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