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Saturday
Oct122013

Bear the light

By John Pierce

The Family Research Council (FRC) claims to “advance faith, family and freedom … from a Christian worldview.”

And the FRC hosts the so-called Values Voter Summit, being held in Washington, D.C. this weekend, that brings out the nuttiest far-right voices in America: Bachmann, Beck, Boykin and, of course, presidential wannabes trying to work their way to right of each other in seeking the gathering’s blessing.

So it is doesn’t take much for those in American society who’ve never encountered the life and teachings of Jesus or the nurture of a faithful community to assume that the harsh political rhetoric coming out of this gathering somehow represents Christianity.

That is tragic. And will take a lot of faithful witnesses to bear the better light.

And that Light is not merely an opposing political philosophy.

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Reader Comments (3)

Well said. I am continually reminded of 2 Timothy 1.7 as I scroll through social media feeds: "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (I still like the KJV translation best for this verse.) There is much fear being proclaimed in the name of Jesus. There will be much fear spewed from the Value Voter Summit and there is much fear on the part of us ministers to stand up to this type rhetoric and proclaim the gospel. It's easy to get sucked into the duality vortex that has our democracy paralyzed and simply proclaim an alternative view. But bearing witness to the light as you speak of has always been the point at which to regroup. Indulge me one last scripture reference: "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it." John 1:5 (Thanks for your role in shining this light through Baptist Today. Peace!)

Oct 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Young

When we elect political leaders theology should not matter, but it does. When we preach the gospel politics should not matter, but it does.

In the early 1980's, the fundamentalists in the Southern Baptist Convention began their quest to take control away from moderate leadership. The moderate leaders said, "There is not a problem. Let's try to compromise with them and they will mature and come around to see the logic of our moderate approach to governance."

The flaw with the logic of the moderates was the fundamentalists never intended to compromise or work in a cooperative way for the good of the whole. They ultimately took over everything and destroyed some wonderful institutions with academic credibility. They were willing to blow up institutions and the entire system if they could not get their way.

The SBC was the canary in the coal mine for what we are facing today with the Tea Party Republicans in Congress. Compromise with these people is simply not possible. They are willing to destroy the very institution they claim to respect if they do not get their way. You can't compromise with political terrorists!

Unfortunately, in spite of our disdain for partisan political activity, we must become involved politically. We have seen this movie before in the SBC and in the history of our nation. This moment in our national history requires a political challenge to right-wing, racist, and radical extremism.

Yes, I affirm religious freedom and separation of church and state. I believe we must seek a faithful witness to grace and love for all. Equally, I affirm our role in seeking justice for all. The idea of justice is a social gospel that requires a political component. Remaining silent in the face of the political and religious fascism of our day would be a sin of omission.

Oct 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHenry Green

So it is doesn’t take much for those in American society who’ve never encountered the life and teachings of Jesus or the nurture of a faithful community to assume that the harsh political rhetoric coming out of this gathering somehow represents Christianity.

Doesn’t take much of what?

Oct 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim Clark

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