Tempting Faith

Yep.? Just got the book, and put down my other one (or two, depending on how you look at it) to jump straight into it.? Now, as a teaser, I’m going to do what every other commentator on politics and culture does when a book first comes out: I’m going to quote something fromt the forward.? Unlike most commentators, however, I’m not going to pretend I read the whole thing:

When I talk to neighbors or strangers and tell them that I try my best to follow Jesus, many look at me queerly.? I’ve come to learn that their first thoughts about me ar political ones – they figure I don’t care about the environment, I support the war in Iraq, I oppose abortion, I am ambivalent about the poor, I want public schools to evangelize students, and I must hate gays and lesbians.? That is what they associate with my faith.? And it isn’t just a Washington thing.? I’ve heard it everywhere.? Moreover, in the heat of many political moments, I have been what they feared.? I have been far more partisan than Christian.? I hated Bill Clinton, yet he is a Christian just like me.? I took sides on issues that don’t have much to do with my faith.? Above all, I let the passions of politics distract me from what matters in life.? By some “severe mercy,” however, God has given me the chance to step back and take a look at it all. . . .

I’m thinking that whatever I might have thought about this book, I might be in for a surprise from a thoughtful and well-reasoned man.? I’m looking forward to this.

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.