Carol Platt Liebau: What Would John Edwards Do?

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

What Would John Edwards Do?

In a remarkable act of hubris, John Edwards is purporting to speak for the Son of God, informing all and sundry that Jesus would be "appalled" at the plight of the suffering in America.

No doubt there is much that would appall Jesus in American life (although perhaps even more in some other countries around the world, like Iran and North Korea, that Edwards seems conveniently pleased to ignore).

But although none of us can (or should) presume to speak for Jesus (that means you, JE), it does seem a likely bet that Jesus would likewise be "appalled" that anyone would voluntarily associate themselves with bloggers who repeatedly and angrily denounce and defile His Father and his mother, Mary, in the most offensive language.

Any guess who we have in mind, John Edwards?


Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

But although none of us can (or should) presume to speak for Jesus

Just moving away from Edwards for the moment (I'm not impressed by him either), I think your statement above probably needs unpacking.

Many Christians believe that God speaks to us in His word, the Bible, so that when we read the Bible, we are actually hearing from God himself.

In practice, this means that anyone can actually "speak for Jesus" (or God the Father) if what they are saying is grounded in scripture.

Example #1 "God says that Homosexuality is sinful". Correct. For Christians who hold to the bible as the word of God, to say such a thing is speaking the words of God.

Example #2 "God says that black people are inferior to white people". Incorrect. For Christians who hold to the bible as the word of God, such a statement cannot be backed up by any biblical text.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

John Edwards being a man of Christ, gave very reasonable answers to the questions he was asked.

Carol just got through reprimanding Ann Coulter for her 12 year old locker room bully tactics. But now she does much worse by attacking Edwards for his Christian beliefs.

6:12 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Good post, Salient.

I will add this, though. By saying Jesus "would be" this or that, the speaker admits his distance from Christ.

By allowing the Lord into our hearts through faith, we are given the very Spirit of God. We are given the Mind of Christ. We should be able to say Jesus "is" or Jesus "does" with certainty.

If I say Jesus "would be" I'm only guessing because the very sytax of the phrase proves I'm not in or with or speaking to (or for) Jesus Christ.

Take that thought along with your point, Salient, that anyone can see the heart of God for themselves in His word, and we can clearly see those who know and speak for Jesus and those who do not.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Larry Who said...

If John Edwards is a prophet, he could in fact speak for Jesus. But alas, me thinks he is a fork tongued politician who threw a WWJD comment into the crowd, hoping to catch a vote or two.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Reasonable answers? He said we are selfish and greedy. America is the most generous nation in the world. And of Americans, the more conservative, the more generous, according to a recent book on the subject of charitable giving. So maybe he meant Jesus would be appalled with Democrats. But considering the sexual immorality of many in this country, this "man of Christ" never thought to speak on that, only his drivel based on his two Americas theme. But hey, he's free to believe what he wants about Christ, even if it's a bit goofy.

11:15 PM  

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