by Quin Hillyer at PJ Media;
If it is the last week before the Iowa Republican caucuses, you know there is going to be lots of talk of God. Then again, some candidates who clearly don’t “get it” still can find their way to the top of the polls.
For Iowa voters for whom this is important, readings from this week’s Revised Common Lectionary might provide some direction.
In Iowa’s last two Republican caucuses, the candidate each time who was most closely associated with Christian conservatives – Mike Huckabee in 2008, Rick Santorum in 2012 – emerged the victor. ….
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Then again, there is Donald Trump. An acknowledged serial adulterer, publicly dismissive of the need for God’s forgiveness for anything, longing openly for abortion at will and even last year having named a pro-choice judge as a good possible pick for the Supreme Court, the billionaire nonetheless is leading all the latest polls. This, even though he apparently has trouble distinguishing between a conservative Christian church and a strongly progressive one.
If Trump finishes first in these caucuses, pundits will mark it as yet one more way in which he has upended all prior presidential race expectations…..
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,,,,It is thus at least coincidental, and perhaps providential, that among today’s readings are A) one of the scriptural passages most regularly cited by pro-life activists and B) the passage surely used more often than any other in wedding ceremonies across the land. (By both lights, Mr. Trump’s record looks decidedly problematic.)….