Tony Snow on Cancer

As you may know, Tony Snow, President Bush’s former press secretary, passed away Saturday

morning after a three-year-long bout with colon cancer. About a year ago, Christianity Today asked him what cancer had taught him. Snow’s response, available here, is worth reading.

I admit that I know much more about his political views than his theological orientation. And his piece at times sounds like a kind of fuzzy universalism/inclusivism with which I am most uncomfortable. Nevertheless, presuming that Snow is writing as a Christian to a Christian audience, I find much to commend in his outlook. Here’s a taste:

Through such trials, God bids us to choose: Do we believe, or do we not? Will we be bold enough to love, daring enough to serve, humble enough to submit, and strong enough to acknowledge our limitations? Can we surrender our concern in things that don’t matter so that we might devote our remaining days to things that do?

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3 Responses to Tony Snow on Cancer

  1. Dan Olinger says:

    Matthew,I believe Snow converted to Catholicism as an adult. Which doesn’t mean, of course, that he wasn’t regenerate. In any case, he was a clear example of what he speaks of in your quotation.

  2. Thanks for the clarification, Dr. O. That makes sense with other things I know about him.Grace and peace to you,Matthew

  3. James Montgomery Boice’s Testimony concerning his cancer (given to his congregation) is another model of a godly response:

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