Murky Waters for Huckabee
In her reporting about Mike Huckabee for today's "The Front-runners" profile, Liz Clarke found him speaking bluntly about the campaign trail -- and the afterlife:
On a recent Sunday morning in Nashua, N.H., Mike Huckabee was the featured speaker at Grace Fellowship church, entering the sanctuary in dark suit and tie and warning that he wasn't there to make a political statement. "If anybody is here for that," he said with a smile, "I'm going to disappoint you." Then he scanned the sanctuary and noted how refreshing it was, "after swimming in the muddy, murky waters" of the campaign trail, to be in "the clear, clean waters of worship."
He told a favorite story of an Arkansas woman who once asked if he was "one of those narrow-minded Baptists who thinks that only Baptists are going to heaven."
"No, lady," he replied, recounting the tale. "I'm a lot more narrow minded than that. I don't even think all the Baptists are going to make it!"
Asked if the anecdote didn't suggest an exclusionary view of heaven, Huckabee insisted in an interview afterward that it was intended to poke fun at the arrogance of those who believe church membership alone guarantees salvation. "Evangelicals believe Jesus is the way; that's what the Bible teaches us, and we obviously embrace that," Huckabee says. "But you don't try to play God. You live your faith in a way that hopefully is attractive to others. One's spirit is probably as important, if not more so, than simply the right words coming out of a person's mouth."
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