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Polar opposites Bush and Clinton share Methodist faith

May 1, 2008

Bush the Methodist, May 1 2008What do George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton have in common, besides a shared address in Washington? (With dates that did not overlap of course).

They actually have a shared faith: The United Methodist Church.

This may surprise many people, given the fact that their politics are polar opposites. The anti-abortion rights Bush strikes many as a Southern Baptist in everything but name; the pro-choice Clinton is seldom associated with religion though she has been actively courting the faith vote as of late.

As its general conference in Fort Worth discussed issues such as its take on humanhillary.jpg sexuality, Scott Jones, the resident bishop for the Kansas area, said differences of opinion were in the church’s “DNA” but “We are united in our mission to transform the world.”

“I would point out that Hillary and George Bush have one crucial thing in common… That is a a strong desire to make the world a better place. That’s deep in our Methodist DNA also,” he said.

With about eight million members in the United States the church is America’s third largest denomination and can draw on a rich history of social activism which has included a big role in the anti-slavery movement.

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“As its general conference in Fort Worth discussed issues such as its take on human sexuality, Scott Jones, the resident bishop for the Kansas area, said differences of opinion were in the church’s “DNA” but “We are united in our mission to transform the world.”

There in lies the problem.Which is why Pres Bush can be pro life and Sen Clinton can be pro abortion and both be Methodist.

When doctrine (usually determined by interpretation of scripture)is based upon opinion truth becomes relativistic. It’s subjective. The Catholic Church has one doctrine on abortion and other life issues.Now this doesn’t mean there isn’t dissent. Of course there is.However,the difference is the doctrine(teaching)doesn’t change.The Church makes it clear;abortion is intrinsically evil. Joe and Jane Smith can think otherwise,but that’s Joe and Jane Smith;NOT the Church.
This also leads us to the unscriptural doctrine of sola scriptura.This holds true for all non Catholic denominations including Methodist.
Sola scriptura is where the problem begins.
If Christianity were the visible truly unified body Jesus prayed for and DESIRED then Christianity would be a powerful witness in the world when it needs this more than ever! The answer is the visible one faith,one baptism,one body of the Catholic Church.

 

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