But wait a minute. I was raised to believe that a Christian is one who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Bible, and who lives by those teachings.
So then can George W. Bush truly be called a Christian?
Let's compare the teachings of Jesus with the words of "born again" Bush, and then decide.
Jesus: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9)
George: "I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign policy matters with war on my mind." (NBC's "Meet the Press", February 2004)
Jesus: "Judge not, that you be not judged." (Matthew 7:1)
George: "States like [North Korea, Iran, and Iraq], and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil." (State of the Union Address, January 2002)
Jesus: "Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes', and your 'No' mean 'No'. Anything more is from the evil one." (Matthew 5:37)
George: "The fundamental question is, did Saddam Hussein have a weapons program? And the answer is, absolutely. And we gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn't let them in." (Washington, DC, July 2003)
Jesus: "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." (Matthew 19:24)
George: "This is an impressive crowd -- the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite, I call you my base." (At a dinner for wealthy New York socialites, October 2000)