Santorum the Christian?

On 3/1/12 1:05 PM, Dan Brouwer wrote:

It seems that Santorum is a good Christian but a poor politician.

My take is that Rick Santorum speaks sincerely and directly about his beliefs. In doing so he confuses what is personal and what is public. Yet the manner and content of his words also raise a question as to whether he really is, as Dan Brouwer would say, “a good Christian.” Christian speech as opposed to usual ideological or political speech has some qualities that Anderson also pointed out: it’s loving; it seeks to build up the listener; it has a humility; it is peaceable.  (See the HC 112 on this, that I should do everything to advance my neighbor’s good name.)

Often,  Santorum does seem to be reaching for a thought that I could agree with, I think in part, because I have a social conservative decoder. But what of those who don’t? This was Anderson’s real point — that the language of the culture war, the sharp distinctions and sharp elbows, is a barrier to the real work of mission that needs to be done.

Rash words make for heavy millstones.

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