Are you ready for a political shocker that is likely to rock the race for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia? If so, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. Republican E.W. Jackson, who is a Christian minister by trade, is making headlines by actually ministering about Christianity. I’m not kidding. Check out this headline from the Washington Post, designed to look fringe and radical, and the quotes that drive the narrative:
“Any time you say, ‘There is no other means of salvation but through Jesus Christ, and if you don’t know him and you don’t follow him and you don’t go through him, you are engaged in some sort of false religion,’ that’s controversial. But it’s the truth,” Jackson said, according to a recording of the sermon by a Democratic tracker. “Jesus said, ‘I am the way the truth and the light. No man comes unto the Father but by me.’”
The Post attributes the word “controversial” to these statements two more times, because it’s apparently controversial for a Christian evangelist to quote scripture and honestly believe his religion is the correct path to Heaven.
There are a lot of things to go after Jackson on. You can assault his rhetoric, his tactics, his stepping into the political arena without experience and even some of his views on social issues. All of that being on the table, he should not be attacked for preaching a central tenant of the faith. Christianity is not unique in the belief that it has the exclusive and indisputable path to eternity.
The fact that Jackson said that Christianity is the only pure religion proves that he believes in the God he preaches about. That’s not shocking. What is shocking is that the Post would try to package it as some bit of extremist rhetoric.