Saturday, January 22, 2005I mentioned below that Catholics and Evangelicals - while similar in their faith - part ways on some matters of worldview. I think this difference could be manifesting itself, to some degree, in the criticism the President receives from some on the right. Maybe it's just a matter of perspective. That Catholic crucfix focuses on Christ's suffering, whereas the Protestant cheers the Resurrection. Each one acknowledges the other, don't misunderstand, but it's just a matter of focus and emphasis. Perhaps this explains the optimism of George W. Bush, the evangelical.
That reminds me of perhaps why GWB seems to perplex so many people, including many on the Right. While many Presidents in our modern history would be regarded as Christians in word if not deed, George W. Bush is the first president who declares that his faith is not a set of principles for living. It's not about a list of rules for W. He's quite likely the first president in our lifetime who wakes each morning with the goal of honoring Christ before he honors anything or anyone else. That optimism and desire to serve God in such a real way is likely informing his drive to see oppressed people's liberated.
I can see where those antagonistic to Christianity are enraged, and where those who do not understand this blend of evangelicalism are perplexed. It's also why many millions of evangelicals absolutely love the man.