Are you awake yet?
Not Naive, Positive-Realists
For those who believe that Christians or conservatives are somehow naive, read on.
Christians have always valued repentance, redemption, and restoration. We know that human beings are weak and fallible. We understand the nature of man. People are NOT naturally good. We are good creations that have gone bad. That is why: Christ’s followers are “positive realists.”
We understand the fallen nature. We recognize our falleness because we have read The Book. And we recognize human frailty because we have seen the worst in ourselves. We have looked in the mirror, faced the truth about ourselves, and turned from our way to God’s. When we did, he supernaturally met us and transformed our inner person (Jesus called it being “born from above”). That is the core-truth of the Good News Jesus shared with the world.
Those who have never been brave enough to look at their own sinfulness and put their trust in a loving God to restore their humanness, don’t get to point at other’s weaknesses unless they have first confronted their own (Jesus parable of the log in the eye).
To illustrate: Jesus saw a woman who deserved stoning under the Jewish Law. Surrounded by her accusers who were ready to kill her for her adultery, Jesus answered their question about her punishment; he said, “Let he among you who has no sin throw the first stone.” No one was without sin, so no one threw a stone at her. Jesus turned to her and asked her, “Who now accuses you?” “No one,” she answered. “Then, NEITHER DO I. Go and sin no more.” Mercy always triumphs over judgment.
I don’t expect secular humanists, nominal Christians, or the self-righteous to understand how a sinful life can be redeemed. But if you’re a disciple of Jesus, and have yourself been forgiven and transformed, you are expected by Jesus to understand. That Newt, married three times, living in an open marriage in 1993 (17 years ago), can be forgiven and change radically having turned from his way to God’s. You understand the parable of the unforgiving servant and will not fall into the trap of choking your brother for $25. when your debt of $25, 000, 000. has been forgiven.
You may not like Newt Gingrich . . . or any of the candidates running. That’s fine. But you need to be careful before God about your attitude and your words. They are weighed by God.
Newt married Callista in 2000. Since, he has regreted his self-centered, shameful behavior and repented and given his life to Christ. Those around him also attest that Newt’s was not a campaign-conversion, but a real move of God in Newt’s life. I am not the judge, but I know the JUDGE. He expects us to give the benefit of the doubt and support and encouage all those in the family of God who are new disciples and learning His ways.
Rick Perry “Gets it!”
I’m glad that Rick Perry gets it. Listen to not only his words endorsing Newt, but his reference to our Christian values.
Then I call you, like him or not politically, to treat Newt the way Jesus (and Rick Perry) is treating him.