Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Speaking of Faith

This page is the transcript of an interview with John Danforth entitled: Conservative Politics & Moderate Religion

I used his thoughts in my sermon & it is well worth a read (or a listen if your prefer) on politics & religion.

Favorite quote of his:
Well, I think you, you know, I mean, it's what like St. Paul says, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. I mean, you're not going to know, and that's the point, to bring to this humility, but to bring to it a good-faith effort to try to live a faithful life and to try to act in the realm of politics as a faithful person. Knowing, however, that you are not the grand oracle of God's wisdom and that God's truth is not your truth — there's going to be a gap there — and a recognition that the other person who has come to very different conclusions also has made a good-faith effort to be a follower of the Lord. So, I mean, I think it's a matter of good faith and trying your best, but bringing humility to bear.

1 comment:

Daniel Stroud said...

Sen. Danforth was my commencement Speaker at Sewanee and I read his book a couple of years later. As someone who is sort of the opposite (liberal politics, center-left religion) in some ways I find his personal politics refreshing and think we could benefit from a few more humbley faithful folks setpping into the public arena instead of the predominately self-righteous self-appointed moral authorities we currently have.