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10.08.2005    |    The best we can do?
Is Harriet Miers the best we can do at this point in our history?

It is not sufficient to verify that Ms. Miers is a "good" Christian (read: she agrees with the beholder). There are far more qualified people out there. Not because they are "better" Christians -- because they are better at showing that they may become a moral and intellectual force on the Supreme Court. Ms. Miers has shown loyalty, and that she can run a clean Texas state lottery.

Harriet Miers, as a presidential buddy lacks the intellectual gravitas that one might find in, to name but two examples, a Michael Luttig or Janice Brown.

The whole notion of evangelicals judging Miers on her piety stinks. Firstly, because it is unchristian to judge such a thing. Secondly, because it is wrong to place any kind of a "religious test" on a SCOTUS nominee.

We (politically conservative Christians) objected, mightily, and properly, when John Roberts' Catholicism was questioned. Let us at least be consistent with Harriet Miers.

Best solution? Ms. Miers graciously withdraws; President Bush nominates a heavyweight jurist and goes to the mat for him or her.

Note: Above is the substance of a comment I left at JollyBlogger's excellent post, "Harriet Miers - Trust me on this"

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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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