Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hillary To GOP Candidates: "Religious Hypocrites"

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Last Sunday Hillary told her "congregation" in Iowa the other candidates are "mean spirited."

"Did they not go and hear the same lessons I did in Sunday school--Did they not sing the same hymns--Did they never hear, 'There, but for the grace of God, go I' ?"

To underscore the hypocrisy, she continued, "They shame and blame women rather than respect our right to make our own reproductive decisions [a.k.a. abortion]," and they are "turning their back on gay people who love each other."

That confirms she was not thinking of O' Mally or Sanders who oppose her in her own Party.

Which Sunday school lessons is this from? Whose gospel?

A quick review suggests Hillary may have "evolved" from the Sunday school lessons at First United Methodist in Park Ridge, Ill. where she grew up 60 years ago.

"There, but for the grace of God, go I" applies to all of us, because biblically we are all sinners. But the understanding of God's grace seems to also evolve with her and her fellow progressives as they become more and more secularized.

God's grace is the agent of redemption, restoration and transformation---not affirmation of the sin. That's why John Newton, former scoundrel and slave trader, called it "Amazing Grace."

Hillary has "evolved" and so has her "gospel." In fact. last Sunday she included climate change, along with abortion rights and gay marriage in her evolving gospel.

The Christian Post published, "6 Interesting Facts About Hillary Clinton's Christian Faith" last April.

The following is an overview of what they published. I have added my own observations.

1. Clinton was raised in First United Methodist Church in Park Ridge, Illinois, and wrote in her book, "It Takes A Village," that "religion figures in my earliest memories of my family. Our spiritual life as a family was spirited and constant. We talked with God, walked with God, ate, studied and argued with God. Each night, we knelt by our beds to pray before we went to sleep."

What she tends not to emphasize is that her parents were strong Republicans as well as strong Christians.

2. Social Justice is a major part of Clinton's religious practice.

At a convention in Texas in 1993 she said, "We need a new politics of meaning. We have to summon up what we believe is morally and ethically and spiritually correct and do the best we can with God's guidance."

3. Clinton wants to change the perception that the Democratic Party is hostile to religion.

In 2008 candidate Clinton told CNN, "It's important that we make clear that we believe people are people of faith because it is part of their whole being. It is what gives them meaning in life."

Democrat Hillary's undying advocacy for abortion and same-sex "marriage" makes it clear that she has no hesitation in being hostile toward biblical Christians who embrace what the Bible teaches about the sanctity of life and homosexual behavior.

4. She believes the religious views of others must change to support legal abortion. And same-sex "marriage."

On April 23, she told the Women in the World Summit, "Far to many women are denied access to reproductive health care [abortion] and safe child birth"---"Rights have to exist in practice---not just on paper," she said.

Perhaps the most telling statement regarding her evolving gospel was, "Laws have to be backed up by resources and political will. And deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed."

Clearly she does not believe in absolute moral principles.

5. Clinton referred to religion both when she opposed and when she supported same-sex "marriage."

Paul Kengor, in his book, "God and Hillary Clinton" (1996), quotes her saying this: "Marriage has historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman."

Although she says she grew up in a home that "talked with God and walked with God," Clinton told NPR's Terry Gross during an interview in 2014 regarding same-sex "marriage"-- "One of my big problems right now is that too many people believe they have a direct line to the divine and they never want to change their mind about anything."

And she said, "We are living at a time when this extraordinary change is occurring and I'm proud of our country. I think that we have all evolved, and it's been one of the fastest, most sweeping transformations that I'm aware of."

6. The Atlantic, a left leaning magazine once reported that then US Senator Clinton attended a bi-partisan prayer meeting which included some of the Senate's most conservative Republicans, like Sam Braownback of Kansas and Rick Santorum from Penn.

According to the Atlantic, Brownback asked Clinton's forgiveness for the sins of feeling hatred toward her and saying derogatory things about her.

The Atlantic reported that following that occasion, "Clinton found it easier to work with both sides...and use her faith in the political realm to foster good for her causes and agenda."

If the Atlantic story is correct, I'm surprised Brownback would have allowed himself to become bitter toward her or anyone else, however, if he did, he did the right thing by asking her forgiveness.

It's interesting how the Atlantic defines Hillary's use of her faith in the political realm---to "foster good for her causes and agenda."

As the number of GOP candidates for the presidency continues to grow, and with a few being added to the Democratic side to contest Hillary, we will be hearing a lot about religion.

In the minds of the secular progressives, religion, specifically biblical Christianity, is the final obstacle to moving the agenda to redefine marriage and family to its final goal.

Much will be said in "the name of the Lord" in the coming months. Some of it will be intended to "remove deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases."

The Apostle Paul's message to the Thessalonians come to mind. Review it.

In II Thessalonians chapter 2 and 3 we read these thoughts in his narrative: "We ask you, not to be soon shaken either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us...let no one deceive you by any means...God will send strong delusion, that they should believe a lie...they did not believe the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

And in 2:15 Paul writes, "Therefore, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or by our epistles."

The key words- Stand Fast, Hold Fast.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.