When somebody says, "I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior," well, I can hardly argue with that.
It does go against my Catholic grain to hear such blithe confidence that, no matter one's care for the poor, marital fidelity or acts of kindness, the experience of being saved trumps all. But in fact, most of the born-again Christians I actually know are fine people, better than me for sure. So I haven't tried to talk Roman theology with them.
But now I have the uneasy feeling that the politicians are accepting Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of the body politic.
A column last week in The New York Times says it is important to engage with these politicians. So how do I engage with Texas Gov. Rick Perry?