Friday, June 06, 2014

South Dakota’s low turnout primaries included several contenders for the U.S. Senate seat being given up by Tim Johnson (D).  It is a very likely GOP pickup, by former Governor Mike Rounds, who won the primary with ease.

He was challenged by a field of candidates representing “Independent” or Tea Party positions, positioning as “true conservatives” and attempting to cast him as an establishment type.  Obviously, they made noise but failed.

One of the contenders was Dr. Annette Bosworth.  She made a series of provocative-to-bizarre ads, like this guns and Bibles thing:
Questions arose about the legality of her campaign when both a left-wing blogger and a conservative Christian pointed out that she and her husband signed petitions to get her on the ballot, giving a date when they were not even in the country.  Sioux Falls a.m. radio had her on for several opportunities to explain her position, only to endure rambling, sometimes Christianese non-answers.

Next, she held a press conference highlighting profane tweets and other messages attacking her, and managed to parlay that into face time on Megyn Kelly’s FOX News show… where Bosworth first heard that she’d tanked at the polls,

Now, Bosworth is under arrest over her campaign irregularities.

The Sioux Falls radio host who endured several interviews with Bosworth, Greg Belfrage, blogged the absurd defenses from Bosworth devotees, some of whom see her downfall as an attack on Christians.  You can see screen shots of them with the article here.

There are those who hate the church and want to make it go away.  That’s true enough.  But we are not to circle like musk oxen to defend malefactors who spout Jesus-talk.  The apostles themselves warn us about this:

“But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.” (1 Peter 4:15-16 ESV)

Bosworth should invoke Jesus in prayers of repentance, which after all of her public antics are best said in some sincere privacy.  To take the Lord’s name as a defense for criminality is to take it in vain.

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