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Bush, Iraq and Cheap Grace

As originally pointed out in Talking Points memo...Josh's take was that this was "bringing 'cheap grace' out of the seminaries and into the white house"...then he links to a Bonhoffer quote from The Cost of Discipleship that includes..."Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance."

When I hear Bush make statements like this, I can easily get depressed. We just won't learn, even from something as clearly off-course as the Bush adminstrations judgements on Iraq turned out to be. I had hoped that perhaps after the elections there would be more room for political "repentance." Nope.

My prayer is for the Christian church -- both the politically conservative and politically progressive -- to hold this president and every adminstration to follow accountable and for more than just a moment.


"President Bush said the public's decision to reelect him was a ratification of his approach toward Iraq and that there was no reason to hold any administration officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgments in prewar planning or managing the violent aftermath.

'We had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 elections," Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post. 'The American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me.'"
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