Jackson has opted to put politics on the back pew and go back to preaching instead of running a campaign against Norfolk state senator Ralph Northam for lieutenant governor. But this tactic is nothing new for him, because it seems he can't get past the "I am a Christian, and look at me," stage.
Speaking at the Restoration Fellowship Church in Strasburg in Shenandoah County, just a few days after accusing his Democratic rival of running a socially divisive campaign, Jackson said there is no other means of salvation than through Jesus Christ.
After ranting awhile about those who don't follow the teachings of the Lord being accused of bearing false witness and engaging in a false religion, he was able to underscore all this by getting in his rub against same-sex marriage.
“The family was ordained by God. He ordained it one man and one woman in the bonds of holy matrimony,” Jackson said. “(In the Bible) I don’t hear anything about two people of the same sex being married.”
An insult to the Republican party, Jackson is alone, a voice crying in the wilderness, berating us for not following the teaching of Jesus Christ. But what about all the other good Republicans that just don't happen to be Christian?
One can imagine someone of the Hindu, Islamic or Jewish faith reading Jackson's rantings and wondering what cave he wandered out of. Of course, in all seriousness, it is because we live in America that Mr. Jackson is allowed to campaign the way he chooses, even if it is solely based on his Christian values and very little else.
It is also apt that he is doing so in the very state where Thomas Jefferson's "Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom" was drafted in 1777. One of only three accomplishments Jefferson wanted put on his epitaph, it is probably the most important to all of us.
In trying to put Jackson's campaign into perspective, Finance Director Steve Thomas said that Jackson would continue to work toward increasing access to quality education and keeping Virginia among the best states to do business. Let's hear some more about these issues, because it is the first time I have heard about it.