"Talent on loan from God."<quoted text>
Kat, I have to tell you this--they're right. You ARE touchy where the subject of God comes up.
Lis didn't hold up Dr. Carson as "a paragon of virtue," she held him up as a person to be admired, a hero for today.(And knowing something of Dr. Carson's background, I think he'd be the first to say he's no saint). What on earth is wrong with saying "Here, HERE is the kind of guy Americans should admire, an excellent role model for today's kids"?
Last--and this is the reason I stopped to write this before I start cooking dinner--apparently Dr. Carson at some point in his life became a Christian. That's something I didn't know about him until now. But this most Christians, including the one typing this post, do know: we can do nothing, NOTHING good without the Holy Spirit leading us, inspiring us, working through and in us. There are lots of verses in the Bible that speak to that point, including this famous one from Paul:
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through He who gives me strength.
In recent years, I've received many compliments, including some from the regulars here, on various things I've done or said. I've thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated them (my ego likes a bit of stroking every now and then just as much as anyone else's does!), but PART of that appreciation is because if anyone can say such things to me THEN I MUST BE PROGRESSING AS GOD'S CHILD.
When anyone tells me how wonderful I am in any way, it's certainly good to hear that :) But as I tell them, ANY positive qualities I have ARE FROM THE LORD, NOT FROM MYSELF. Without Him, they would not exist, for nice as I may appear to others to be, I know all too well how very imperfect, how downright awful I can be. And I suspect Dr. Carson knows the same about himself. When he or Jim Tebow or whoever credits the Lord for their success, they're not displaying their "religiosity." They're just giving credit where credit is due.