Senator Clinton’s Faith?
|by Jeff Peck|
I have a question after reading a piece on Hillary Clinton's faith in Mother Jones because it caused the head of a dear colleague to explode after reading it. What is the proper response to a sister in Christ who is unequivocally and unapologetically in rebellion to God's Word as it relates to the preservation of the life of the unborn?
Scripture sets out many standards of conduct--we're to love one another as well as our enemies. But, we are also called to a higher standard as believers, and the apostle Paul goes quite far in condemning and calling for excommunication of the unrepentant believer (after many loving steps have been taken to turn this person toward repentance).
I'm not going to put Senator Clinton's faith under the microscope, nor various policy positions on which the Bible is silent. But her defense of abortion can't be squared with a single scripture. Would the Fellowship (see the article) embrace a "godly" politician whose only foible seemed to be misdemeanor stealing (or rather defending those who steal)? Having just read the autobiography of Mike Timmis (current chairman of the Board of PFM), I know that Fellowship leader Doug Coe wisely challenged Mike to leave the celeb Christian speaking circuit and get things right with his family--extremely valuable advice given what happens next in Mike's story.
Has the Fellowship ever said to Senator Clinton, "Get out of politics until you get square with God and His position on unborn life?" For that matter, should the church Senator Clinton attends counsel her along these lines?
We all have sins that need to be purged from our conduct. The important thing is recognizing those sins and openly agreeing that "yes, this is an offense against the glory of God and even though I still fall prey, I hate it and hope never to do it again--or approve of those who do."
Instead, Senator Clinton has said she wants abortion "safe, legal, rare." If we're going to kill, it needs to be done safely so only the intended target is killed; legally so the conspiracy of killers cannot be prosecuted; and rarely because killing unborn babies is so distasteful if you think about it very long.
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