Friday, January 29, 2016

Hillary's Faithless Faith

The Christian Post published a revealing article about Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's religious affiliations.

She claims to have faith in God, not just herself or in her capacity to win the Democratic nomination and the Presidency.

Her strange and distorted understanding of the Bible reveals not just her moral depravity, but more about the country's spiritual status, and why this country needs revival.

Hillary Clinton on Her Christian Faith: Judgment Left to God; Be Open, Tolerant, Respectful

Hillary Clinton obviously think God is supposed to be like us. Why would anyone want a deity who brazenly lies to the American People and justifies inaction in the face of evil. No, Hillary, God is nothing like you (Thank God!)

During a Monday campaign event in Iowa, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton explained how her Christian faith has guided her views on politics and life.

Guidance? Really? Someone needs to tell Hillary that whatever God she is praying to, is not the true God, if she thinks that she can get away with lying to the public about her crony connections to the Clinton Foundation, the serial lying and cover-ups for his abusive, perverse husband, or her routine ambition for power and celebrity at the expense of everyone else.

At a campaign rally at a local school gymnasium in Knoxville, Iowa, the former Secretary of State, who rarely discusses her Methodist faith and upbringing on the campaign trail, explained to the small crowd that she is indeed a "person of faith."

Clinton's discussion on her faith was not planned as it was a response to a question posed by 36-year-old high school guidance counselor Jessica Manning.

Her discussion was NOT plan. I thought that Hillary Clinton was working on being spontaneous. Right?! I guess not. . .

Manning mentioned that she was Catholic and a Democrat because of her faith. She added that she was unsure whether she should vote for Clinton in the upcoming Feb. 1 Iowa Caucus and asked the former first lady of the United States if the Ten Commandments mattered to her.

How can someone still be a Democrat after the 2012 DNC Convention? The Democratic Party wanted to remove all mentions of God from their party platform. They also wanted to remove recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel. Loud boos ensued on the floor, and yet President Obama and the chairman at the time, former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, overruled the will of the majority.

So much for Democracy. So much for godliness.

"Thank you for asking that. I am a person of faith. I am a Christian. I am a Methodist," Clinton explained, according to the New York Times. "I have been raised Methodist. I feel very grateful for the instructions and support I received starting in my family but through my church, and I think that any of us who are Christian have a constantly, constant, conversation in our own heads about what we are called to do and how we are asked to do it, and I think it is absolutely appropriate for people to have very strong convictions and also, though, to discuss those with other people of faith."

We do not need a conversation about the meaning of Christianity. What we do need is a growing revelation of Jesus. Who is He, how much He loves us, and how much He wishes to live in and through us. We are not called to do, as much as we are called to believe!

"This is the work of God, that you believe on Him whom He hath sent (John 6:29)

Hillary continues with the same bland platitudes about religious fervor.

"My study of the Bible, my many conversations with people of faith, has led me to believe the most important commandment is to love the Lord with all your might and to love your neighbor as yourself, and that is what I think we are commanded by Christ to do," Clinton added. 

I want to focus on this comment. Those two great commandments fall under the Old Covenant. Let us stop kidding ourselves. Let us give up this self-righteousness. None of us can love God with anything. We are all dead in trespasses without Christ and His resurrection life within us.

We do not need a set of rules to live by. We need life, His!

"I have come that you may have life, and that more abundantly" (John 10: 10)

Now, Hillary's self-righteousness has infected the Body of Christ in terrible ways. Too many Christians have come back under law, trying to be holy, righteous, good. A dead body does not need rules on how to move. We need life, we need the grace of God.

"There is so much more in the Bible about taking care of the poor, visiting the prisoners, taking in the stranger, creating opportunities for others to be lifted up, to find faith themselves that I think there are many different ways of exercising your faith."

A denomination does not speak of faith. There is one faith, in Christ Jesus. She was raised Methodist, and yet the modern organization has strayed from Biblical orthodoxy on way too many issues.
"Exercising your faith." Huh? Is she trying to be a Jehovah's witness, now?

Hillary Clinton (C-SPAN)

Clinton added that her faith has called her to be more tolerant toward others who don't share the same religious beliefs.

Her faith? And tolerance? What about the four diplomats in Benghazi? She tolerates a lot of evil in and around her. How many dalliances did Bill Clinton perpetrate against other women? Against this country?

"But I do believe that in many areas judgment should be left to God, that being more open, tolerant and respectful is part of what makes me humble about my faith," Clinton asserted. "I am in awe of people who truly turn the other cheek all the time, who can go that extra mile that we are called to go, who keep finding ways to forgive and move on."

Judgment left to God. She sounds an awful lot like Joel Olsteen. No power there, and more Christians tell me that they have stopped watching that non-Bible believing speaker. We do not need motivation. We need life. We do not need help. We need grace. We do not need a teacher or an example. We need a SAVIOR!

In a seeming knock on conservative Christians, Clinton implied that Christians often misuse their faith to condemn others without looking at themselves in the mirror.

There is no condemnation in Christ (Romans 8:1), yet the grace of God came at a Supreme price, through the Prince of Peace, an incalculable cost which none of us will ever understand. We are not bought with a price to continue in sin. Jesus died for us and as us, to deliver us from death and grant us life, peace, grace, and prosperity in Himself. There is no condemnation in Christ, but there is chastening. We are trained, transformed from glory to glory by the Holy Spirit, that more of Jesus is revealed in us. (2 Corinthians 3: 17)

"I have been very disappointed and sorry that Christianity, which has such great love at its core, is sometimes used to condemn so quickly and judge so harshly," Clinton argued. "When I think part of the message that I certainly have tried to understand and live with is to look at yourself first, to make sure you are being the kind of person you should be in how you are treating others."

Christianity is a set of ideas. Christ is the core, the heart, the center of all things. Apart from Him, we can do nothing (John 15: 5). We have nothing, we are nothing, because in Him, all things are held together (Colossians 1: 15-20)

Clinton admitted that she is no angel either.

None of us are angels. In fact, for those who believe in Jesus, they will judge angels!

"I am by no means a perfect person, I will certainly confess that to one and all, but I feel the continuing urge to try to do better, to try to be kinder, to try to be more loving, even with people who are quite harsh," Clinton said. "So, I think you have to keep asking yourself, if you are a person of faith, what is expected of me and am I actually acting the way that I should? And that starts in small ways and goes out in very large ones, but it's something that I take very seriously."

We are not called to be perfect, if we understand that in Christ, we are perfected forever (Hebrews 10: 14)

Clinton also advised that Jesus' Sermon on the Mount should be something that people need to really "pay attention to."

Yes, to see that none of us can be holy in our actions. None of us. The standard is impossible, and the message needed for every disciple listening to that Sermon should have been: "We are unprofitable servants." (Luke 17: 10)

"There's a lot of great Bible studies: What does the Sermon on the Mount really mean? What is it calling us to do and to understand?" Clinton explained. "Because it sure does seem to favor the poor and the merciful and those who in worldly terms don't have a lot but who have the spirit that God recognizes as being at the core of love and salvation."

There are a great deal of Bible studies, sure. The most important Bible study reveals more of Jesus and His work in our lives. Luke 24 demonstrated what the Old Testament is all about: the New Covenant, cut for us through Christ Jesus, our High Priest forever!

Although many conservative Christians feel that abortion is sinful and staunchly oppose the procedure, Clinton suggested last April that religious beliefs against abortion have to be "changed."

Uh, no! Which God is Hillary Clinton praying to? She should read Jeremiah as well as the letters of Paul, in which they and many others affirm that God called them to great works, before they were even born!

"Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will," she explained. "And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed. As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone — and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States."

Then Hillary resorts to her knee-jerk feminism. Yawn. If she read the Bible more closely, she would recognize that Jesus restored dignity and grace to woman's place in the world. They were honored in so many ways, including the opportunity for Mary to meet Jesus at His tomb once He was raised from the dead!

Final Reflection

Hillary Clinton wants to be all things to all people, which most politicians effect with very little finesse. Honesty is supposed to be the best policy, yet Hillary Clinton's record of lies and wrongdoings undermines and hope or trust in her campaign or future career.

She is a faithless woman, and yet her failing example serves, much like Donald Trump's, to reveal the the poverty of faith, the lack of hearing of God's Word in our churches and communities.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of Christ (Romans 10: 17).

Faith does not come from the work that we do, but the Work which Jesus did!

Faith is not about us, but about Jesus!

Faith is not something tied to our efforts, or our records. Faith is about Jesus, His Work, His life, and His love for us.

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