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.
So what are we to think of a false prophet who repents? I'd love to think a guy like Camping has turned from his sin and error, that would be God's grace indeed. Reminds me of 1 Cor 6... "such were some of you."
But I'll wait a while before celebrating his return to the faith. What do you think?
Father, we are so unfit to be your ambassadors. We are such vessels of weakness and decay. How many times have we failed you? But you, O Lord, are not limited by our frailty. Your strength shines forth precisely because you cause your plans to be carried out in jars of clay.
Praise the Father for his perfect plans. Praise the Son for fulfilling those plans with his life, death and life once more. Praise the Spirit for his sure hand, bringing many redeemed children home safely through this wilderness.