Arrrrgh. I’m writing about politics again. Or am I writing about religion? Here is a section from “God, the Gospel, and Glenn Beck” by Southern Baptist pastor/seminary professor Russell Moore:
It’s taken us a long time to get here, in this plummet from Francis Schaeffer to Glenn Beck. In order to be this gullible, American Christians have had to endure years of vacuous talk about undefined “revival” and “turning America back to God” that was less about anything uniquely Christian than about, at best, a generically theistic civil religion and, at worst, some partisan political movement.
Rather than cultivating a Christian vision of justice and the common good (which would have, by necessity, been nuanced enough to put us sometimes at odds with our political allies), we’ve relied on populist God-and-country sloganeering and outrage-generating talking heads. We’ve tolerated heresy and buffoonery in our leadership as long as with it there is sufficient political “conservatism” and a sufficient commercial venue to sell our books and products.
Too often, and for too long, American “Christianity” has been a political agenda in search of a gospel useful enough to accommodate it. There is a liberation theology of the Left, and there is also a liberation theology of the Right, and both are at heart mammon worship. The liberation theology of the Left often wants a Barabbas, to fight off the oppressors as though our ultimate problem were the reign of Rome and not the reign of death. The liberation theology of the Right wants a golden calf, to represent religion and to remind us of all the economic security we had in Egypt. Both want a Caesar or a Pharaoh, not a Messiah.
He hit the nail on the head. This rally was a quasi-religious and nationalistic call to morality and civil religion, but not a call to follow Jesus Christ. Many in the crowd didn’t seem to know the difference.
HT: Cranach (the blog of Gene Edward Veith)
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From Yahoo! News: Noted anti-global-warming scientist reverses course.
With scientific data piling up showing that the world has reached its hottest-ever point in recorded history, global-warming skeptics are facing a high-profile defection from their ranks. Bjorn Lomborg, author of the influential tract “The Skeptical Environmentalist,” has reversed course on the urgency of global warming, and is now calling for action on “a challenge humanity must confront.”
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Here’s a listing from an internet classified ad site:
Seeking Board Members for Group (Advocates for Creation Science)
A newly formed organization is seeking those who would serve on the board of directors. This organization, “Advocates of Creation Science” or “ACS” is the dream of Michael Douthat, a retired engineer. His ultimate desire is to see a “Creation Science Museum” here in St Louis. Before that can happen we must start small by promoting books and videos about the “other” theory of how life began. The religion of Darwinism has overtaken our schools and teaches our children that life came about by chance and then evolved over millions of years. Christians need to counteract the theory (“religion”) of evolution with a more logical and proven theory of Creation.
We need some conservative Christians who are willing to give a few hours of their time each month to meet and learn what we can do to change the hearts and minds of children (and others) concerning how the world came about and how science and creation are NOT in conflict. If interested, please send an email as seen above. Please pray and ask God if you should get involved!
These creation museums seem to be fruitful and multiplying, which is a trend that I don’t think is good for the church or for evangelism. People do come to Christ through these places, and I am thankful for that, just as Paul was thankful for those who preached Christ even with questionable motives (Phil 1:15-18). However, I am not sure that the end of evangelism and discipleship justifies the means of using questionable arguments in defense of the Bible.
On a related topic, I do want to make the trip to the creation museum in Kentucky some time while I live in Missouri.
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