Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Tempting Faith

Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction
by former Bush-advisor, David Kuo

This looks like a very, very interesting book....glad to see somebody, especially a conservative Christian, calling it like it is when it comes to the Bush White House. However, at this point, it may be the progressive Christians who need to watch out that they are not tempted when it comes to getting in bed with the political powers. Conservative Christians have been down this road already and should already know better.

From Newsweek:
Q. Are Christian leaders being naïve in their dealings with the White House or do they understand the nature of the exchange?

Kuo: "It’s a little bit of both. In some ways White House power is like [J.R.R.] Tolkien’s ring of power. When you put it on, it feels good and it’s dazzling. But after a while it begins to consume you in ways you don’t realize. That’s the nature of White House power. I have no doubt that Christian political leaders have gotten involved for all the right reasons. I just think over time it becomes harder and harder to stand up against that ring of power and the White House, to say no and walk away.... "

"I personally think it should take two years from after this election to the presidential election—evangelical Christians should take a fast from giving their money to political causes and from giving much of their time as well. Take that money that is currently fueling all those wonderful hate-filled ads, the hundreds of millions being spent, and spend that money on the poor and inner-city kids. Instead of spending time lobbying, spend your time with your neighbor, saying love your neighbor as yourself.... "

"At what point do you become so captive to one particular political party that you lose your influence and your power?"

These are just some selections from the full article, which you can read at:

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