John Kerry’s Faith and Deeds
By Hannah Scaer ’15
I was alarmed to hear that Sen. John Kerry is giving a lecture entitled “On Faith” March 19.
John Kerry believes that politics should be divorced from faith, stating, “I fully intend to continue to practice my religion as separately from what I do with respect to my public life, and that’s the way it ought to be in America.”
James 2:14-16 asks
“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such a faith save him? . . . if one of you says to [a brother or sister], “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?”
In many areas of his office, he has attempted to live out his “moral obligation to one another, to the forgotten, and to those who live in the shadows.” However, this is not always the case, especially in the area of abortion. According to his own website, John Kerry has a 100% voting record from NARAL Pro-Choice America specifically because of his pro-choice voting record. At the same time, he claimed in a 2004 presidential debate to believe that life begins at conception. If the divide between what he says and what he does is so great, then he is unqualified to preach on faith, which “if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17).
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