Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Howard Dean- prophet?

Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic Party, and theologian extraordinaire, states: “The Democratic Party believes . . . that there are no bars to heaven for anybody.”
Jesus, a theologian of no small note, states: “No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” He also said: “Whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
It is one thing to be tolerant of others who do not believe as they should; it is quite another to state that all will go to heaven. There is no support for this in the Bible, which plainly states: “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Indeed Jesus spent most of his ministry (count and categorize his words if you will) warning the world of the way that it was going and the penalty thereof. The world is clearly on a path to mass destruction, and Jesus did not mince words about it. He frequently picked on the leaders of his day, calling them “hypocrites” and “vipers”.
There are of course only three logical assumptions from these contrary teachings. First Howard Dean is right and Jesus is wrong. Second Howard Dean is wrong and Jesus is right. Third, both Howard Dean and Jesus are wrong.
If the first assumption is right then all of mankind should be at the feet of Howard Dean rather than Jesus. If the second is right then all of mankind should reject Howard Dean’s statement as absurd, and should be at the feet of Jesus. If the third is right, solipsism reigns supreme, and there is no reason to be at the feet of anyone.
Choose which leader you will follow; but as for me and my house we will follow Jesus. And Jesus clearly taught that there are many bars, the chief of which shall be the rejection of God’s only son.



It seems like the political parties are becoming more and more polarized in their world and spiritual views. It seems odd to me that Dean would be the spokesman/prophet to bring it out in the open.
I think that your question poses an interesting question. Is Christianity inclusive?
Then is Dean saying that the Demoncratic party is antichristian?

Deborah said...


Tragically, my guess is that Howard Dean's words don't sound like bad theology to most Americans...even in the Church, there are strong currents of "inclusiveness" that are not prescribed biblically. Many Christians aren't even believing in the existence of hell anymore.

During the last election season, Hannity shared statistics on the religiousness and anti-religiousness of those running for various offices in the Democratic and Republican offices. The differences were striking! As one in the "decline to state" party, I was given renewed respect for Republicans -- clearly they represented better the Christian (even if in name only) Americans. The percentage of Democrats that never even went to church or were atheists was of a much higher percentage than the average American.