Staublog January 6, 2004

Here’s some of what the Culturally Savvy Christian wants to know about today:

¢â‚¬¢ Pat Robertson has heard from God again, this time about Bush’s election hopes (see: Robertson says it’s Bush in a ‘blowout’ in November) and a letter to the editor to USA Today argues rightly that Robertson does not speak for all Christians.
Robertson: God says it’s Bush in a ‘blowout’ in November

Pat Robertson Doesn’t Speak for Christians

¢â‚¬¢ Also in the news today Britney Spears, once the silly hope of Christians as torchbearer for ¢â‚¬Ëœtraditional values’ now has added marriage to the list of sacred cows she has slain. Britney Spears Marriage “Joke”

¢â‚¬¢ Writers looking for a publisher take heart-he may be riding next to you on the train. Writers Fairy Tale Publishing Story

¢â‚¬¢ Don’t miss the ethical debate swirling around the Pete Rose fiasco (Pete Rose: Cheap Grace

Rose has come clean after 14 years of lying about betting on baseball. It is refreshing to see Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s idea of cheap grace applied so well by Rev Robert Parham, executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics in Nashville. He said, “Pete Rose articulates the notion that divine forgiveness erases earthly accountability. God will surely forgive him, but that doesn’t mean he should be automatically admitted to the Hall of Fame. He’s looking for a cheap form of grace that is forgiveness without consequences for wrongdoing. The question for the Hall of Fame is whether his violation of rules was egregious enough to prohibit his recognition. I think his (14 years of) lying compounds his gambling problem. It suggests that his admission of wrongdoing lacks a purity of character that one longs for in the American pastime. Divine justice should not be confused with cheap earthly grace.”

Read the quotes of baseball lovers about how Pete Rose has threatened the integrity of the game of baseball! How much more should we be concerned about the integrity of the Christian enterprise?

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