Sunday, June 24, 2007

What is Faith?

Faith is the new buzz word for the presidential campaign in 2008. Politicians have recognized the impact of "faith based voters" in the Republican victory of 2004; and their disaffection, leading to the Democratic victory of 2006. Now everyone wants to talk about their faith.

(As a side note, my blog title refers to true, saving faith; as described in the Bible)

Recently (well, over two weeks ago :) the Democratic presidential candidates got together to talk about faith. Today, I focus on Hillary Clinton, from a transcript of this video or a similar one.

Clinton said, "I come from a tradition that is perhaps a little too suspicious of people who wear their faith on their sleeves". I assume she is speaking of Methodism (that's what wikipedia lists as her religion). That means she is Christian. So:

  1. Either she believes the Bible, or she is a cultural Christian. It's ok for her to be a cultural Christian, lots of people are.
  2. If she believes the Bible, then she believes in the final judgment and Heaven and Hell.
  3. If she believes in final judgment, she must realize that many people are going to Hell.
  4. If she believes the Bible, she holds the keys to Heaven and Hell. If she says nothing (keeping her "faith" private and personal), she doesn't care if people go to Hell.
Either she doesn't believe the Bible, or she has not followed the logical conclusion of her beliefs. Not following the logical conclusions of one's beliefs is a common problem for people, so I wouldn't hold that against her.

The problem is; if she one day does follow the logical conclusions, she may reject Christianity (Some people do. They refuse to believe in a God of justice, and create an "all loving and forgiving" god. This heresy is called "universalism").

So, Clinton is (giving her the benefit of the doubt) a "cultural Christian".

So what is her "faith"? It is certainly faith in herself. She says, "I am very grateful that I had a grounding in faith that gave me the courage and the strength to do what I thought was right, regardless of what the world thought".

Let me note here that true faith is doing what God thinks is right, regardless of what the world thinks.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Book Review

"In the Grip of Grace" (Max Lucado). This book was incredible! I laughed, I cried. Max has an enviable understanding of grace. He presents it clearly in what is actually a study of the first chapters of Romans. I heartily recommend this book for everyone.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Book Review

"The Purpose-driven Life" (Rick Warren). I told my boss, "The library's selection of Christian books is filled with heretics and apostates." Given what I've heard of "The Purpose-driven Church", I was with great trepidation that I picked this book. That said, I found PDL to be ok overall. Of course it is very much, "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life" and "No one is truly happy without Jesus". But it has some refreshing moments. The first sentence is, "It's not all about you."

I would not recommend PDL for non-Christians. But for those who are already Christian, it could serve as encouragement and motivation to become more active.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Election 2008

Doug Wilson (Blog and Mablog) has some interesting things to say about the Republican candidates.

I finally watched the second debate (from a Fox News web cast). I will have to examine Ron Paul more closely. Now he shows promise.