"One of the most important hermeneutical constraints one should adopt in order to avoid such reductionism is this: Permit the various attributes and characteristics of God to function in your theology only in the ways in which they function in Scripture; never permit them to function in your theology in such a way that the primary data, the data of Scripture, are contradicted. Thus one must not infer fatalism from the sweeping biblical data about God's sovereignty; one must not infer that God is finite from the constant biblical portrayal of God personally interacting with finite persons. From God's knowledge and sovereignty we must not justify prayerlessness; from the exhortations to pray and not give up, we must not suppose God is coerced by our much speaking (compare Matt. 6:7-8 and Luke 18:1). Precisely because God is so gloriously rich and complex a being, we must draw out the lessons the biblical writers draw out, and no others."
- D.A. Carson
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Jay Nordlinger makes a good point about something that I've wondered about too. How come no one is talking about abortion this political season?
Would like to say a word about abortion â€” strange how it doesnâ€™t get mentioned during presidential campaigns (general-election campaigns, I mean). Abortion is said to be one of the biggest issues in the country. An issue that roils the country. And it is. But presidential nominees are strangely silent about it â€” election after election after election.Emphasis mine
I know why the Republicans â€” the pro-lifers â€” are silent: They believe that abortion is a losing issue. (Rather, that the pro-life position is a losing one.) So they say something mild, indirect, and brief â€” like, â€œEvery child should be welcomed in life and protected in law.â€
But why are the Democrats silent? Why is the Democratic nominee silent on abortion, every four years? If the pro-choice position is such a winning one, why not trumpet it? I have a hunch about the Democratsâ€™ reticence: I think the smart ones believe that the pro-choice position is not such a winning one. And I think theyâ€™re right.
Barack Obama is a radical on abortion â€” an extremist. He is for total abortion on demand. He voted against the Born Alive Act. (Of course, this separates him from no other mainstream Democrat . . .)
I'd like Obama to explain his opposition to the Born Alive act, because I think his stance on that legislation is horrifying.
Nordlinger rocks, by the way. He makes a lot of other great observations about the current political scene in his article.
Reading further, Nordlinger offers this snippet:
Was on the streets of New York the other day (as pretty much every day). And these people, spaced about 20 yards apart, were giving away tiny little granola bars. â€œFree granola bar?â€ they were saying. â€œFree granola bar?â€ And with the bar came a smallish, glossy card, advertising a church.I don't know where Nordlinger stands on the subject of faith. I found his take here to be pretty interesting, especially since I've been a participant in the "pass out water to people with our church's information on the bottle" type of efforts. He saw it as trying to "sell salvation".
Pretty pathetic, I thought: using a miniature granola bar to sell salvation. Almost deceptive. Shouldnâ€™t salvation be the main event? And shouldnâ€™t these folks have enough confidence in their product?
What do you think?