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Rev. Hunter’s letter to his church

More of Rev. Hunter’s thinking:

—Original Message—–
From: Northland, A Church Distributed []
Sent: Wednesday, November 22, 2006 4:04 PM
Subject: Thanksgiving Update From Pastor Joel C. Hunter

Dear Family:

Well, it is Thanksgiving Eve…and I was going to write to you today anyway
so that Becky and I could wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. In addition to
that, I have some news I want to share with you.

Yesterday, I resigned as president of the Christian Coalition of America.
When I accepted this role several months ago, I knew that my approach to
political involvement was different than the approach that the Coalition had
taken in the past. And during the transition, our differences of philosophy
became more apparent. I will be making a verbal announcement this weekend
about this.


There was nothing done wrong on either side. Really, this is reminiscent of
a “Saul and Barnabas” moment; sometimes differences cause Christians to go
in different directions for God’s purposes. In this case, I will focus on
building up the grassroots, challenging Christians to vote with our lives on
all issues that call for a biblical response. These include “compassion
issues” such as poverty, social justice, religious liberty and creation
care, as well as pro-life and marriage protection ones. The Christian
Coalition will focus on accomplishing their ongoing agenda in Washington via
elected officials. The end result is that there may be more accomplished for
the Kingdom.


I urge you to join me in praying for the Coalition. My heart for Northland
and for the church in America has been and continues to be that we would see
political involvement as an integral part of our spiritual growth.

God always works in these situations. What we see as twists and turns in
plan “A” God sees as the only plan He had all along. It will be exciting to
see what He has in store. It is always “more than we could ask or think.”

In His service,

Pastor Joel

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posted November 27, 2006 at 11:57 pm

Pastor Joel Hunter is quite the diplomat, quite the rhetorician–though I wouldn’t expect anything less given his delicate situation. I do admire his decision. At the same time, he’s smart to save himself from joining you, David Kuo, as part of the new “Axis of Evil.”Never underestimate the power of the evangelical Fear-and-Smear machine. They crucified Jesus and they’ll do the metaphorical equivalent to Joel Hunter or anyone who threatens their gospel of political corruption. Is it true that there are more Hunters and Kuos in America? We need them, just as we need more Rosa Parks, Dr. MLKs, and Dorthy Days.

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posted November 28, 2006 at 12:12 am

Since abortion and gay marriage are well settled issues in both camps, there should be better effectiveness for protecting morality in America if Hunter and the CC go in the same direction, but in different vehicles. Logic and reason is at the heart of the Evangelical movement, and it is clear that Hunter is a good representative of that. There was more than one Christian Church written “to” in the New Testament. All believing the same Truth. Let us seek the same truth and doctrines, and enter the political debate on far more issues than sexual immorality. And most importantly, it is time for Christians to care for and about each now.

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