Saturday, December 14, 2013

Is It Really 'Easy To Be Pure When You Are Talking About Theology'?

Mediaite reported earlier today: Huckabee Scolds the Tea Party Groups: 'Politics Is Not Theology.'
Former Arkansas Governor and Fox News Channel host Mike Huckabee weighed in on the escalating feud between establishment Republican politicians and conservative activist groups on Saturday. Asked for his thoughts on House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) admonition of the idealized purism advocated by some outside groups, Huckabee sympathized with Boehner saying that governing is more difficult than activism and “politics is not theology.”
Huckabee began by saying that Boehner was not scolding the tea party movement but conservative groups that capitalize on that movement. He added that some of those groups appear to have an “all or nothing mindset” and that this mentality more often results in getting “nothing.”
“When the movement becomes, sort of, focused in a handful of groups that are raising funds to attack Republicans and the criteria for being attacked is the difference you might have in the tactic of the party, not the philosophy of the party, I think that is what Boehner and the others are really reacting to,” Huckabee continued.
“Governing is tough,” he continued. “Politics is not theology. It’s easy to be pure when you are talking about theology.”
Put aside what you think about Huckabee's analysis of the GOP's establishment vs. tea party issue. What struck me was his "easy to be pure" comment.

Is it really easy to be pure when you are talking about theology?

This statement assumes theology is merely a theoretical exercise. Scripture does not treat belief in this manner. Biblical belief entails obedience and obedience means theology is being put into practice. Christian theology is to be lived. If I don't live my theology then I don't really believe it. I would go so far as to say we're not really engaged in Christian theology if it's not a lived theology.

It may be easy to be pure when we're engaged in theoretical exercises but it's not easy to be pure when we're talking about theology.

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