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Peddling Pop Comfort Theology

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Russell E. Saltzman - published on 05/07/15


So, where was God? Not to worry. Those were the times, God tells him, that it was he himself who carried the man over the most desperate circumstances.

Fit that with the cross, Psalm 22: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” God is silent. “I cry out by day, but you do not answer.”

Footprints appeals to millions of readers. The treasury is a compilation of inspirational sentiments related to the poem, short-short stories, and testimonies to the power of the poem. It is intimate, evocative, sentimental, and even romantic. It does express a certain Guideposts notion of God, though it is one I regard as far from biblical. God is not a hiking buddy to help you over the rough spots. Nowhere do we hear of sin, death, and the devil in defeat.

If scripture is read through Christ, as for Christians it must, then God is in Christ from the cross and it is from there we find God. It is there that your troubles, my troubles, and the deaths of Bethlehem’s children will find deliverance and redemption.

A former Lutheran pastor becoming Roman Catholic, Russell E. Saltzman is a web columnist for First Things magazine living in Kansas City, Missouri. He can be reached at russell.e.saltzman@gmail.com.

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