Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective
I don’t know about you but I’m turned off by political candidates that parade their faith on public stages. Perhaps their pandering plays better in Iowa.
Consider these examples:
Donald (the Presbyterian) Trump: “Nothing beats the Bible. Not even ‘The Art of the Deal.’ Not even close.”
Hillary (the Methodist) Clinton: “The Bible was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking. I was raised reading it, memorizing passages from it and being guided by it.”
Ben (the Seventh Day Adventist) Carson: “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life and that’s a very big part of who I am.”
The problem with “on-stage religion” is the gap that often exists between what one professes and what one practices.
Perhaps that’s why Bernie (the non-religious Jew) Sanders is refreshing. Whether you agree with him or not, there’s no credibility gap.
Here’s My Take: It’s ironic that the “irreligious” Sen. Sanders emerges as the serious candidate of faith. His focus on wealth inequality as immoral and unjust is straight out of the Bible (Proverbs 29:7). As one student said when Sanders spoke recently at the conservative Liberty University, “I believe Christ tells us to help the poor, feed the needy and shelter the homeless. I like how (Sanders) wages war on poverty, not poor people.”
While courageous, I doubt if Sanders’ “off-stage religion” will play well in Iowa.