Usually I would not consider a pro-choice person a “Christian.” Then again, Luther and Calvin have the blood of baptists and peasants on their hands…people will argue that their salvation is assured.
So, what about the Wonkette blogger Ana Marie Cox? She writes, “I am somewhat tempted to embrace the punk-rockness of being a progressive, feminist, tattooed, pro-choice, graduate-educated believer—and then I have to remind myself that believing in God is about as punk rock as wearing pants, maybe even less so.”
Okay, the fact that she thinks she has a masters degree is some sort of credential is a little odd. You will have to Google my name to find mine, I do not think it is relevant. Nonetheless, is being a feminist and pro-killing fetuses discount one from Christianity? I am not sure if it would any more than being pro-killing Anabaptists. So, let’s dig a little deeper into what Cox writes…
I’ve lately observed conservatives questioning Obama’s faith with more than professional interest. Because if Obama’s not Christian, what does that make me?
Hmmm, the President attended a church that preached hatred and not the Gospel and made the comments, “And it’s not surprising then they [small town America] get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
That does not sound like someone who treasures Jesus in his heart more than life itself…
Does Cox treasure Christ in her heart more than the President? Well, she does not spend a lot of time in His word…
What about Bible literacy? Mine is mostly limited to dimly remembered excerpts from the Old Testament we read in my college humanities class and a daily verse email. I read spiritual meditations, but the Word is still a second language I speak less than fluently.
Based upon a “dim” memory of Scripture, she has apparently pieced together the following theology:
I believe I have a personal relationship with my Lord and Savior. I believe in the grace offered by the Resurrection. I believe that whatever spiritual rewards I may reap come directly from trying to live the example set by Christ.
Oh no, works-based salvation! If Christ paid the full penalty for your sins, how do spiritual rewards have a direct relationship with your “trying” to do good things as defined by Christ?
Do good intentions get us in heaven when Christ taught “be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matt 5:48)? Definitely not. God desires perfect good works, not trying. This is why only Christ’s perfection and His full payment for our sin on the cross makes us right with God.
All of this begs the question, if you really believe Christ, though in the form of God did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, emptied Himself and took on the likeness of sinful flesh (Rom 8:3), and lived a life without sin and was punished in place of everyone who has, how can’t you be grateful?
If I was really grateful for my job, wouldn’t I work really hard to make my boss happy out of gratitude? If I was really grateful for my children, wouldn’t I show them love? If I was really grateful for my parents, wouldn’t I help them when they are elderly?
Gratitude results in actions…life-empyting actions. “We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16).
Does Ana Marie Cox show this sort of love and gratitude in her life? If not, I seriously question her faith.
However, she ends her article on a promising note:
I am saved not because of who I am or what I have done (or didn’t do), but simply because I have accepted the infinite grace that was always offered to me.
True. When I was first saved, I had tons of doctrine wrong (though to be honest, my works definitely reflected a divinely directed change in heart.) But we cannot see Cox’s heart. Maybe she has seed-like faith and tons of doctrine wrong. Guess what, God can still save such a person. He can save any person He pleases, as long as he or she trusts in Him that justifies the ungodly (which is all of us.)
My request to Cox: Use up your 15 minutes to preach the Gospel of grace…After that, hit your Bible, find elder mentorship, and walk with Christ. Pray to God for understanding and faith, for if you knock on the door it shall be opened. He said all must carry their cross and follow Him. If you have faith in Christ’s saving work on the cross, your heart will delight in doing the same.