I'm OK With Being "Intellectually Shallow"

Holly and I watched the Presidential Civil Forum hosted by Rick Warren at Saddleback Church this past weekend. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how well John McCain did in this format. He clearly was the winner for the night and the more presidential of the two. His answers were short, clear, and to the point. By the liberal media's reaction and attacks and crazy suggestions of him knowing the questions beforehand, it would seem they feel just as strongly about how well McCain did for himself and his presidential aspirations on Saturday evening.

One of those liberal media, Jack Cafferty, made this recent comment in light of the Civil Forum and his obvious disdain for both our current President and potential President to be.

It occurs to me that John McCain is as intellectually shallow as our current president. When asked what his Christian faith means to him, his answer was a one-liner. "It means I'm saved and forgiven." Great scholars have wrestled with the meaning of faith for centuries. McCain then retold a story we've all heard a hundred times about a guard in Vietnam drawing a cross in the sand.

Jack, in a nutshell, that is what it means to be a Christian. You are saved and forgiven through repentance from sin and faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christ dies in the sinners place bearing the wrath of God against sin on the cross and now through faith in that perfect and sufficient sacrifice, all who will repent of their sin and cast their souls on Christ, are saved and forgiven.

I imagine Jack would think Paul was intellectually shallow when he said,

"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved..." (Acts 16:31)

Peter, intellectually shallow:

"Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of the Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins..." (Acts 2:38)

The Word of God continues to show itself reliable:

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to
us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:20-31)

Pray for Jack Cafferty the words of Paul:

"In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God...For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:4-6)

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