The latest news from ekklesia on theology and politics from a christian perspective

The latest news from ekklesia on theology and politics from a christian perspective

By staff writers
4 Mar 2003

Lid lifted on Bush's theology

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US president George Bush gets his early morning inspiration from the writings of a Scottish Evangelist from the last century, according the The Times newspaper.

Every morning when President Bush wakes up he reads a daily devotional from the book ìMy Utmost for His Highestî, written by the Scottish preacher, Oswald Chambers.

Chambers brought the Gospel to Australian and New Zealand troops in 1917 and according to the newspaper, ìnow fills Mr Bush with the conviction that an Iraqi war would simply be a battle between good and evil.î

Recently the US President has come under fire for his ìbad theologyî. On his recent visit to the UK Jim Wallis, executive director of the Sojourners community in Washington DC, pointed out that Bushís tendency to divide the world into ìgoodî and ìbadî was not a sound theological idea.

The church leaders who came with Wallis from the USA to meet with Tony Blair, also lamented Bushís ìmessianic complexî and his refusal to meet with any church leaders who didnít support his position on the war.

Mr Bush, who rediscovered God 17 years ago when he gave up heavy drinking to help his marriage, is a President whose faith allegedly ìpermeates the White Houseî and underscores all his policies. This includes his approach to the War on Terror and to Iraq.

In Saddam, the President has said, America is simply ìencountering evilî.

Lid lifted on Bush's theology

-

US president George Bush gets his early morning inspiration from the writings of a Scottish Evangelist from the last century, according the The Times newspaper.

Every morning when President Bush wakes up he reads a daily devotional from the book ìMy Utmost for His Highestî, written by the Scottish preacher, Oswald Chambers.

Chambers brought the Gospel to Australian and New Zealand troops in 1917 and according to the newspaper, ìnow fills Mr Bush with the conviction that an Iraqi war would simply be a battle between good and evil.î

Recently the US President has come under fire for his ìbad theologyî. On his recent visit to the UK Jim Wallis, executive director of the Sojourners community in Washington DC, pointed out that Bushís tendency to divide the world into ìgoodî and ìbadî was not a sound theological idea.

The church leaders who came with Wallis from the USA to meet with Tony Blair, also lamented Bushís ìmessianic complexî and his refusal to meet with any church leaders who didnít support his position on the war.

Mr Bush, who rediscovered God 17 years ago when he gave up heavy drinking to help his marriage, is a President whose faith allegedly ìpermeates the White Houseî and underscores all his policies. This includes his approach to the War on Terror and to Iraq.

In Saddam, the President has said, America is simply ìencountering evilî.

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