I have held off for a while….apparently my words were making some people, umm, uncomfortable. But I can no longer just sit here and not say anything concerning the evangelical romp through the moral, ethical, and political swamp.
I have said it before and I will say it again, the Evangelical church in America has lost its gospel centered compass. How can I say such a thing when the evangelical church is at the forefront in the culture war which consists of fighting against the encroachment of evolutionary thought, godlessness running rampant in the public schools, sexual immorality everywhere, and gasp…godless socialists trying to take over the government.
How indeed? Well, all those previously stated issues have nothing to do with the gospel. The gospel is the good news that while we are still f***-ups God became one of us to save us from ourselves by taking all our sins upon Himself. Then He offers forgiveness, freedom, and grace to those that are His. Then He tells us to live in such a way that those whom have not yet experienced the forgiveness and grace He gives, will ask us how they can have this freedom too.
How do we do that? By living out this unconditional love toward others. “But what about their sin?”, some of the more righteous among us may sputter. And the answer to that is better left to Paul the apostle, rather than me…
“FOR WHAT HAVE I TO DO WITH JUDGING OUTSIDERS…” In other words leave their sin to God, and His Holy Spirit and follow the command Jesus has set before us to “LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF.” Why is this such a hard thing for Christians to understand?
What does it look like for the Christian to live this way…
Rather than condemning the gay or lesbian person with hateful rhetoric and you would love them and support them as equal human beings not as second class deviants. Rather than seeking to get rid of, through violence and vitriolic condemnation, the rights of a woman as allowed in this country, you would work together with pro-choice individuals to reduce the number of abortions through comprehensive abstinence and safer sex teaching for young people. Rather than taking a stand against hate and bullying laws because they protect ALL people, you would get involved in writing curriculum and promoting better ways for people to understand and treat each other in the school and the community. Rather than voting against health care reform because you don’t want to help “those people” you would seek to understand the plight of the poor and create a program at your church that adopts one, two or three families a year from your community and helps them to get out of the grip of poverty through financial, educational, and life skill teachings. You would cease parroting the mindless declamations of the Republican party against the President and begin to pray for him. You would stop supporting the politically driven agendas of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, et al and begin to tell other Christians that they must begin to think on their own and in doing so remove the poison of politics that has corrupted the Gospel of Grace.
After writing this, I thought my restless heart would be calmed, unfortunately it is even more restless as I see the almost hopeless state we find ourselves today.