Give me a freakin’ break

The Washington Post has this write up on John Eaves, the soon to be former Democratic nominee for Governor of Mississippi. He’s taken to talking about Jesus everywhere he goes.

I am a Democrat because I am a Christian,” he tells voters.

He then draws a contrast to the way he construes the Bible’s message and what he sees as the judgmental aspects of some religious conservatism.

“My Jesus offers love, hope, peace and forgiveness,” he said.

But, naturally, he gives away the game later in the article.

As governor, he assures them, he would be tolerant of the views of other faiths. “Everyone searches for the truth,” he said. “They ask, ‘Why am I here? What is my purpose?’ I find my truth in the message of Jesus. But I believe we are all united in the search for truth.”

Either Christ is the way, or Christ is not the way. To presuppose that there might be other “truths” out there is a patently false belief according to the same Christ this dude claims to believe in.

And let’s go to the current lefty canard spouted off by Mr. Eaves that he’s a Democrat because he’s a Christian. We should note that, as Mike Huckabee corrected said, God is not spelled G-O-P and it is not spelled D-N-C either.

But I have a hard time believing the media/Democrat bumpersticker slogan of the year — “Christian = Democrat,” when the whole of the party leadership and grassroots structure has spent decades throwing stones at Republicans for embracing sinners while the Democrats have chosen instead to just embrace the sin.

Christ gives no way out — one must either accept him exclusively as the only way to truth or not. And if one does, one must not hedge, hem, or haw. Mr. Eaves, using his shtick to out Christian Haley Barbour may have earned himself some press in the Washington Post, but it will not earn him the Governor’s Mansion. The people of Mississippi are smarter than that.Christ

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  • It doesn’t seem terribly controversial or un-Christian to acknowledge that ‘Everyone searches for the truth’ and that this truth-search is a common, human denominator. In fact, the quotes in this post imply that, in fact, Jesus is the answer that Eaves has found.

    It doesn’t follow that for Eaves to unconditionally claim that Christ is THE answer then, therefore, all other people MUST agree. It’s the difference between granting other people permission to be wrong and demanding that others agree that one’s own way is right.

  • I’m getting pretty tired of this social gospel as well. It’s also pretty obvious that there’s going to be a concerted effort by the media and many Democrats to undermine the influence of the Christian right this election season. We’re already hearing that the influence of evangelicals is waning, and no doubt this is just the first of many liberals who will claim to hold to the “true” teachings of Jesus.

    Of course, any true Christian who is well-founded in his or her beliefs will see right through such an act, but there are far too many evangelicals who have no idea what they believe or why. Churches have abandoned teaching in lieu of marketing schemes to keep the pews full, and we are producing a generation of very shallow believers who could be ripe for the picking when such a false doctrine is presented.

    In the end, these revelations from candidates holding to a watered-down view of Scripture will only strengthen the resolve of those who know the truth. There’s a reason people are leaving the Episcopal, United Methodist, and PCUSA demominations for more orthodox systems of theology – people who really are searching for truth want a truth that’s worth believing in, not ideology that changes relative to the whims of human culture and society.