Alleged comedian Bill Maher has been trying to wreck the candidacy of Christine O’Donnell by dredging an old clip from his old show where she said that she “dabbled into witchcraft” in high school.
I find myself wondering exactly what he’s trying to accomplish with this. Is he trying to alienate her from her base by trying to represent her as a kook or as someone a conservative or a Christian could not vote for? If so, Mr. Maher clearly doesn’t understand what Christianity is all about. Religiophobes on the left often make the mistake of thinking that the core of the Christian faith is a set of rules: a whole bunch of “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots” (mostly the “thou shalt nots”). However, that’s not the core of Chrisitanity. The Christian faith is about redemption.
I Corinthians 6:9-10 gives a list of those who will not inherit the kingdom of God. It looks pretty dire.
9Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders
10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
However, the following verse comes in with redemption:
11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
The heart of Christianity is about relationship with Christ and redemption through Christ. If Mr. Maher thinks a shady past, or even a weird past would disqualify someone Biblically, then he should do his homework. The passages above were written by Saul of Tarsus, a Messianic Jew who had formerly sought to eradicate Christianity. Most people call him the Apostle Paul.
As far as the non-Christian Right is concerned, who doesn’t have things they’re not proud of in their past. The important thing is what has she learned from her past and who is she today.
(All Scripture quotations taken from the NIV)