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August 16, 2008

McCain's faith

Rick Warren's question: How does faith work out for you on a daily basis?

John McCain's answer: "It means I’m saved and forgiven."
He then told a story about worshiping with another Christian during his captivity in Vietnam. On Christmas, a North Vietnamese guard walked with him in the yard, and drew a cross in the dirt and quickly scratched it out.

"For a minute there, it was just two Christians worshiping together. I'll never forget that."

This is cross-posted from CT's liveblog.

Comments

Its not always easy to proclaim your faith in public, even if you do not live by as we have seen in many politicians world over, John McCain my only hope is that you will live by it

John McCain dodged the question -- he was still not willing to talk about how his faith is part of his life on a daily basis. He told, instead, a story of the courage and compassion of a North Vietnamese soldier. So we know how that man's faith impacts his work each day. But we still don't know how John McCain's faith is part of his daily life.

When it comes to politics, Evangelicals need to beware. The will of God in a nation can be served by men who are in the kingdom and men who are not far from it. That is the moral of this encounter that Jesus had with a man of the world reported in Mark 12:32-34. When our Lord Jesus told him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God,” He revealed to us that men and women outside the kingdom can also have insight into the true essence of faith, which is vertical love towards God, and the practical expression of this faith in the form of horizontal love towards men.
The prophecy that went out on king Cyrus in the Book of Isaiah reveals to us that Yaweh approves of those who serve Him but don’t know Him, more than He approves of those who know Him but don’t serve Him. There is something our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ called the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy and faith. That should be the yardstick to measure public officers. Politicians generally serve the cause of the few determined by self or group interest. But when the LORD allows men of genuine compassion and fairness to come to power in any nation, they will spread opportunities, limit human greed, reduce the unfair advantages of position and privilege and pursue the common good no matter whose ox is gored. We should be looking for genuine compassion and a commitment to the greatest good for the greatest number in candidates rather than doctrinaire religion. The presidency will always be a pulpit, but not to preach doctrinaire religion, but for expousing the communal benefits of a transformed character that is based on wholesome godliness. It is wholesome godliness that limits the bounds of personal freedom as it seeks to define the norms of collective morality. Freedom is never absolute. That was the moral of the first and only law of the Garden of Eden.

Many believe Obama will win because of youth and Black voters, plus McCain's age...it is not for me to judge Obama about his Christian convictions, that's between him and God...however, America cannot afford to risk its future on an inexperienced Senator to lead America; his lack of policy implementation is a sign of his inexperience and political rhteroric...God Bless America for our children's future and world peace.

Many believe Obama will win because of youth and Black voters, plus McCain's age...it is not for me to judge Obama about his Christian convictions, that's between him and God...however, America cannot afford to risk its future on an inexperienced Senator to lead America; his lack of policy implementation is a sign of his inexperience and political rhteroric...God Bless America for our children's future and world peace.

The one thing that makes the world go round is the difference in opinions. Opinions are like flavors, they all taste different - some are good some are not. Rick Warren was criticized by some for his political forum, some applauded him. As for the Obama vs McCain christian stance, you can base your choice on what they said in thata forum, and what they didn't say. Scripturally we are directed to let your "Yes be Yes and your No be No". We are directed to get off the fence and not be lukewarm - take a stand. Morally speaking, either you are for something or against it. Politicians usually choose to ride the fence. When Christ was taken into the widersness and tempted by Satan, He cited scripture as His "no". When a politician gets off the fence and takes a stand, that is noteworthy. McCain got off the fence, Obama didn't.

The gift of the cross being drawn in the sand by the Vietnamese guard was a Message of HOPE from GOD in the midst of a situation where there couldn't have been much hope. God has given us all hope at different times in our life. It's those times that are important to remember. Thank you John McCain for your story of hope and faith. It's time we all should turn to our faith in Jesus Christ, trust and honor God by living for the truth, the Bible. God Bless You!

Faith comes from God in someone who is committed to receive it. While faith is in you it works. Abraham's faith was counted for righteousness, and righteousness doesn't segregate the color of the skin, it doesn't talk evil against the neighbor. Abraham changed his live because of faith, and he became the father of nations. Change is necessary, if there is no change we shall remain the same again. Stand united whoever may become the next President of America. Yes, McCain you have faith but you need to work out on your faith. Dominique

Significant questions about whether this story every actually happened. It is not in any of his books or in any reports from the first 20 years after he was released. It is only recently that he started telling the story, which sounds like a story attributed to Solzhenitsyn (although he never wrote it down in any of his books). Colson and Billy Graham attribute it to Solzhenitsyn.

A friend sent this video link to me today. I don't know, strictly speaking, whether this belongs in a discussion of John McCain's faith, but it certainly speaks to how that faith plays out in our lives, and more importantly in the policy decisions of a President.

It's not about John McCain, per se, unless you consider that he recently failed, when he could have, to stop billions more in big oil tax breaks and has accepted over $2 million in campaign contributions from big oil, including those mentioned in this video.

A president's decision to take a country to war is an awesome responsibility, and should include sound ethical and moral judgment. As facts that this war wasn't based on any of these things continue to come out, it already speaks to where the Bush administration has pointed its compass. If these matters of McCain's record of compliance foretell any future intention, then his links to Bush's moral and ethical bankrupcy are closer than we all thought.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDs57H3I6Oo