Hillary Clinton's 'Social Gospel' Good Enough for Democrats (Photo: Paul Jeffrey for United Methodist Women)
by Cal Thomas
Faith is making a comeback among liberal Democrats, but they still have a way to go.
First, some history.
Hoping to attract some Evangelical Christian votes more than 20 years ago, former vice president
Gore seemed fluent in religious language and theology compared to a comment by Vice President
Mrs. Clinton said her faith in God was shaped as a young woman by her grandmother's hymn singing and her grandfather's bedtime prayers. She said she struggled between her father's insistence on self-reliance and her mother's compassion for the needy. Clinton said she reconciled these in the Bible story about Jesus feeding the 5,000. She added she believes in the "social gospel," which in reality is more social than gospel.
Evangelical theologians believe the feeding of the 5,000 was not an early food bank, or a forerunner of food stamps, but one of many demonstrations by Jesus of
In her remarks to the Methodist women, Mrs. Clinton described an America reminiscent of the Great Depression. She said too many women don't just face ceilings on their aspirations and opportunities, rather "it's as if the floor is collapsing beneath them." She added, "I don't think we can sit back and wait for someone else to step forward and solve these problems." Yes, it takes a village of politicians and government bureaucrats.
Was this a shot at President Obama, who promised a stronger economy?
The numerous social programs we have aren't working, as
How about motivation for starters? The same Scripture from which Mrs. Clinton selectively quotes also says this about the able-bodied: "If a man does not choose to work, neither shall he eat." (2 Thessalonians 3:10). When
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