Why Politicians Should Never Become Theologians

Before reading on, listen to this interview with Sharron Angle:

Ms. Angle is asked a question about abortion, which she is against. When asked if she is against abortion even in cases of rape and incest she states

You know I am a Christian,and I believe that God has a plan and purpose for our lives. And He can intercede in al sorts of situations, so we need to have a little faith in many things”

Her answer is quite curious. First, she doesn’t answer the question. The answer that she does give is a poorly worded statement of theology. It’s poorly worded because it makes it look like God planned the rape or incest that lead to the pregnancy. The problem this poses is simple, if God is all powerful , all loving, and cannot even look at evil, then why would He plan for sin to occur?

Now, I am not prepared at this time to write a complete theological treatise on this subject. It is a source of serious and sometimes heated debate in the Christian community. However, neither was Sharron Angle. Which is why it is such a poorly worded statement. This is also why politicians should stay far afield of theology. A better worded answer for Ms. Angle would have been this “I believe any abortion is wrong. However, the grace and love of God can help to heal the wounds of any attack.”  This answer would have avoided making God look like He is the source of evil and avoided a very tricky theological issue.

Published in: on 06/29/2010 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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