Liberals just love it when one of their own can assume the mantle of an evangelical Christian. Case in point is a Democrat, John Arthur Eaves, running for governor in Mississippi. The Washington Post describes him as a “wealthy evangelical Christian.” The liberal press just loves liberals who claim to have Jesus on their side.
What Eaves claims, in his words, is that “I am a Democrat because I am a Christian.” My savior doesn’t belong to any political party, but perhaps I wasn’t listening too carefully. Also couldn’t find the Scriptural citations to support this, but, then, I’m no theologian. Eaves does clarify, however:
He [Eaves] 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.
There you have it. Liberals are compassionate followers of Jesus; conservatives are the ones who direct sinners to hell, do not pass Go, do not collect your welfare check. Right. There are always some the Left would label as “conservative” who would condemn thee and me to hell for what we do, or fail to do.
But there are some things that will consign us to hell. Reading the Bible as the seamless garment of revelation and salvation that it is, leads me to conclude that there is a difference between good and evil, right and wrong. And, most importantly, that the path to salvation is to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, to repent of our sins, and follow him.
Liberals like Eaves tend to skip over the inconvenient fact that repentance is a necessary precursor to salvation. Jesus does offer “love, hope, peace and forgiveness.” But he also, as is cited in the Apostles Creed, will return to judge the living and the dead. It may feel good to preach on the kind and forgiving Savior. But this is incomplete preaching, and does no one any favors.
It is good that an otherwise liberal Democrat has pro-life views (at least as described in the WaPo article), and I think if any Democrat can, he could give Gov. Barbour a run for his money. But this is Mississippi, deep in the Bible Belt. And has little to no bearing on the national Democratic Party.