Michael Gerson is Doing Theology from the Pages of *The Washington Post*

c0d8e-gersonThe election of Donald Trump has really lit a fire under Michael Gerson.  His columns on the POTUS do not mince words.  He is speaking with a prophetic Christian voice and we need him to keep writing.

But this post is not about one of Gerson’s Trump columns.  Rather, I want to bring your attention to his piece written in the wake of the Vegas tragedy.  As I read this column I wondered at what point we should start calling Gerson a public theologian.

Here is a taste:

That said, I do come at these events from a religious perspective, as some of the victims surely did, and as some of their loved ones surely do. The Christian faith involves a whisper from beyond time that death, while horrible, is not final — that the affirmations of the creeds and the inscriptions on tombstones are not lies. And for many, this hope is a barrier against despair.

Yet faith also encompasses something deeper and more difficult — what theologian Jurgen Moltmann has called “God’s terrible silence.” In that silence, only the scarred God, the weak and victimized God, the God of the cross seems to communicate. Not in words, but in a shocking example of lonely suffering. Christians turn to a God who once felt godforsaken, as all of us may feel in the nightmare of loss.

At this type of moment, even those with tenuous ties to religion offer their thoughts and prayers. But how should we pray? Concerning grief, as many can attest, it is not strength or struggle that matters most; it is perseverance. And that is as good a thing to pray for as any, for those who cannot see a future without their friend, without their child. Our attention is temporary; their suffering will not fade easily, if ever.

Read the entire piece here.

3 thoughts on “Michael Gerson is Doing Theology from the Pages of *The Washington Post*

  1. Michael Gerson has substituted for the “conservative” commentator on the PBS Newshour on Fridays a number of times. Each time I have been impressed with his demeanor and comments. He has a bad rap of being self-serving to a fault, but I don’t see that in him now.

    But, these comments and your deism post bring up the issue of Providence. For instance, if we believe that God’s hand enabled our self-governing experiment to succeed, did He also help in implementing the institution of black slavery to help it succeed. Or did He ordain the destruction of Indian nations?

    If we are to have an advanced understanding of the theology of Providence that the general public might adopt, we need to do some better thinking on it. I wrote a U.S. Histor DBQ on it, but no takers. I think it is too hot for Evangelicals to contemplate. Pablum will do.


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