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10.17.2004    |    "he's trying to force his beliefs on us"
The “he” in question is George Bush, evangelical Christian. The complaint comes from a senior citizen at the AARP conference in Lost Wages, er, Las Vegas. It’s in the context of an article in today’s Washington Post that notes the fact that seniors are not just single issue voters.

This particular complaint is hardly unique to this one man. I’ve been told the exact same thing to my face by several of my neighbors. Mostly, these neighbors are not Christian, or are of the pale, pale, whitebread-Christmas-and-Easter variety, who are, frankly, unchurched and seemingly a little embarrassed by their faith.

I don’t know what goes on in their heart of hearts, of course, and it is not for me to doubt anyone’s faith. It is for me, and for George Bush, and for all who confess Christ as Lord, to share the good news. Those who complain the loudest about the President’s faith are likely those whose own needs some shoring up. In other words, methinks these folks doth protest too much.

Now, from an evangelical point of view, the President does very little outright preaching. What he does do is ensure that we know what motivates him, what moves him to govern as he does. He’s also quite effective in preaching the gospel, without words. Which is always best.

For those who complain the loudest about evangelization, perhaps a word from Jesus might help. From Luke 8:16 (NIV):
No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.
Or, as the song goes, “you can’t be a beacon if your light don’t shine.”

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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