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Sunday, August 31, 2008

2 Baptist Deacons Seek Alabama Seat in Congress

This is an interesting story.

Two deacons from First Baptist Church of Montgomery, Alabama are running against one another in a high-profile race for an open seat in the United States House of Representatives. Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright is the nominee for the Democratic Party. Alabama State Representative Jay Love is the Republican nominee. The two deacons are duking it out to represent Alabama's 2nd Congressional District, a seat held by retiring Republican Congressman Terry Everrett. Here's a snippet:
On Sundays, both men and their families can be found in the pews at the 5,000-member First Baptist Church, just five blocks from the Capitol in downtown Montgomery. Both Bright, 56, and Love, 39, agree that being deacons means they are "brothers in Christ," a concept that doesn't always translate well in the political world.

While tight, closely watched races often turn negative, the ads run by Bright and Love so far have not been of the mud-slinging variety. "Certainly we're both brothers in Christ. We differ politically and about the direction the country needs to go in, but at the end of the day we have that in common. Just because he's a Democrat and I'm a Republican is no reason we can't worship and serve together," Love said.

"Both of us are deacons, brothers in the same church," Bright said.

According to the article, both deacons try their best to avoid politics at First Baptist:

"I don't solicit support or try to get someone to support me when I'm at church," Bright said.

As for Wolf (Pastor of FBC), he said he would offer spiritual support to both candidates, but they should not expect him to choose political sides.

"I'm voting for Jesus," Wolf said.

Unfortunately for Pastor Wolf, Jesus won't be on the ballot come November 4.

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