Thursday, November 10, 2011

Christianizing Politics

A quote from a story a bit ago. I forgot to post, but the point is still well made.

And this is what one always wants to know about candidates who flourish the Good Book or who presume to talk about hell and damnation. Do they, themselves, in their heart of hearts, truly believe it? Is there any evidence, if it comes to that, that Perry has ever studied the theory of evolution for long enough to be able to state roughly what it says? And how much textual and hermeneutic work did he do before deciding on the "inerrancy" of Jewish and Christian scripture? It should, of course, be the sincere believers and devout faithful who ask him, and themselves, these questions. But somehow, it never is. The risks of hypocrisy seem forever invisible to the politicized Christians, for whom sufficient proof of faith consists of loud and unambiguous declarations. I am always surprised that more is not heard from sincere religious believers, who have the most to lose if faith becomes a matter of poll-time dogma and lung power.

Political Christianity drives me crazy. I'd really love to see Christians either a) grill professing candidates to evaluate their sincerity/orthodoxy or b) stop using sound bits as a spiritual litmus test. Either one seems like a good first step.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jason,

    Without a doubt, "A" is too subjective. I vote for "B". See if the candidates positions on the issues line up with your faith and convictions, and prayerfully vote accordingly.