Monday, February 25, 2008

love above everything else - Bill Clinton

"The reason we have to put love above everything else is because we see through a glass darkly and know in part. Therefore, it almost doesn't matter whether the Bible is literally true, because we know in part. We see through a glass darkly. Humility is the order of the day. The reason we have to love each other is because we might all be wrong." - Former President Bill Clinton

found in J. Gerald Harris, "Jimmy Carter aglow over New Baptist Covenant Celebration," The Christian Index 187, 4 (02/14/2008): 12-3.

Well, here is the epitome of Derrida's deconstructionist thought and postmodern relativism: it does not matter whether something is true or not because we are probably going to misunderstand it anyhow. The problem is that knowing in part does not mean not knowing at all; just because we cannot comprehend 100% does not make truth useless. I wonder if the former president would want his physician to think that anatomy almost doesn't matter because, after all, we don't really understand all that is going on in the body anyhow.

Don't get me wrong; humility, unity, and love are essential in our daily Christian walk. Paul teaches us to "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good" (Rom 12:9). Our very faith depends on the veracity of Scripture, and that is a "good" we should cling to. It does matter that the Bible is literally true. Our unity as believers is based on "walking in the light" (1 Jon 1:7) and following Him: the one who is "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6, emphasis mine).

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