Jim, you are so right. Michael Gerson is a self-absorbed, self-important, sanctimonious so-and-so. I do not pick up my op-ed page to be lectured on theology. I have my own theology degree, earned through rigorous study and rooted in a highly ecumenical personal background, to work with in order to apply my faith, privately, to my politics, or not to apply it, as the case may be. I hardly need Gerson’s fulminations to instruct me.
Â Anyway, your last line is right on target: Gerson seems so busy shouting his own good intentions from the rooftops that he sometimes misses the fact that results are what matter. Meanwhile, Gerson preaches that “the goal of Christianity is to allo Him to shape us, not the other way around.” Fine. I am perfectly willing to let Jesus shape me. But that is a far cry from letting a government run by sanctimonious nudges like Gerson try to shape me for what they, in their self-absorption, think they have discerned about what Christ’s purposes are with relation to me and my own expression of compassion (or enforced compassion, which is all government can do, and which is an oxymoron) for the broader world.
Why is it that when the Post and the Times hire new “conservative” columnists, they always turn out, like David Brooks and Mike Gerson, to evince utter disdain for conservatives and to insult our motives, our good will and, yes, our faith? Gerson is to conservatives what Scott McClellan is to Bush.
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