Perhaps Quinn wouldn't be so smug if she were to do the slightest bit of thinking or reading about the concepts of God's sovereignty and free will -- ideas that have challenged the finest minds for 2,000 years and contributed to denominational differences within evangelical Christianity. Has Quinn studied Calvin, Wesley, Luther or any other past or present theologian on these issues?
Nor is Palin's statement on coincidences unique. Indeed, as a matter of coincidence, er, I mean God's sovereignty, my own learned pastor, Ron Watts, made that very same statement ("I don't believe in coincidences") a few weeks ago in his sermon. He went on to add that he doesn't believe God's sovereignty is inconsistent with the doctrine of free will. I realize that "five-point" Calvinists may disagree, but that's beyond the scope of this column.
Quinn also implies that Palin is on the fringe of Christian thought by confessing her trust in Jesus Christ. But the reality is that Palin's faith profession is consistent with mainstream Christian thought. To place one's trust in Jesus Christ is of fundamental importance to Christians and, most believe, essential to salvation. Secularists often demean the concept as a sign of weakness ("using Christ as a crutch"), but Christians plead guilty to the indictment and respond that the Bible commands us to acknowledge our weakness and surrender ourselves to Christ. By ridiculing Palin on this point, Quinn mocks the Bible and all of mainstream Christianity and reveals her profound ignorance of basic Christian doctrine.
Quinn's derision would be easier to tolerate if she hadn't also written in her mini-bio: "I don't have any idea who or what God is. But the closest explanation I've heard ... is ... 'When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.'"
And Quinn has the audacity to condescend to Sarah Palin on matters of theology?
Quinn is exercised at Palin for supposedly settling scores in her book and allegedly failing to exhibit the Christian qualities of "love, generosity, mercy and forgiveness." But it's my informed guess that Quinn's contempt for Palin has nothing to do with these false charges or Palin's alleged hypocrisy or even her theology but is rooted in Palin's conservative ideology.
I'll just say this. Apart from the far left, those who have followed Sarah Palin will discern that Quinn's assessment is completely opposite of what they observe. You can't watch Sarah Palin in action or in interviews without recognizing her genuineness, her graciousness, her kindness and her authentic Christian spirit.
God bless her.
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