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Monday, July 16, 2007

Hillary's Faith

Cal Thomas recently attacked Hillary Clinton's faith as not authentic, perhaps not even Christian. But the areas he went after don't pan out.

Hillary has said that salvation is social, not just individual. This is not "works righteousness" as Cal asserts. It's from the Bible. Salvation has meant many things from the deliverance of Israel from Egypt to the end vision of Isaiah where the lion and lamb lay together.

And yes it's reflected in Hillary's Methodist upbringing. It's not a new "poll tested" idea, but goes back through much of their church history including the founding of the Methodist Federation for Social Action over 100 years ago.

If good comes into the world it's because of God's actions. While we have an obligation to the poor, etc. It's not us, but God working in us that makes this happen. But this is not an indication of any favor or merit on our part. God uses the flawed to bring about the better.

Cal claims the "central tenet" of Christianity is it's the only saving religion and Hillary is hesitant on this point. Well, epistemic humility is biblical (as Paul notes, we see in part). And I am the Way is not the same thing as join my religious group.

Hillary has a sense that "we can't possibly understand every way God is communicating with us. I've always felt that people who try to shoehorn in their cultural and social understandings of the time into the Bible might be actually missing the larger point"

This makes me respect her thinking on religion more than before. If it wasn't for Cal Thomas, I wouldn't have realized that she was as thoughtful on this subject as she is and more so than many politicians. Thanks Cal for opening me up to that.


At 2:09 PM , Blogger Pastor Bob Cornwall said...

I too found Cal's comments completely off the mark. Of course it's not uncommon for the right flank to limit what a real Christian is!

At 3:25 PM , Anonymous DJ Black Adam said...

I am very impressed by how Hillary handled herself. I will assume that Mr. Thomas is of the “evangelical right”, and I for one have had it with them in trying to define my faith and who or what “really is a Christian”/

From my observation the "evangelical right" is afraid to confront "self governance". It is apparent that they miss the overall concept that Jesus was trying to communicate, that being spiritual rebirth and repentance, all directed towards "self". I have found in my observations, that those who focus on governing everyone else's lives, lack self governance and are afraid to deal with the own wretchedness.

But I ramble, to the point, the democrats would be well served to at least neutralize the right’s strong hold on “faith” if they would showcase and focus on Jesus message of charity and mercy

At 3:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hillary Clinton +
Rush Limbaugh Endorsement +
Dirty Deal =

Texas Primary Victory


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