October 6, 2008
A challenge to the "conservative Christian evangelical" church
How did your movement become synonymous with the political right? Were you hijacked, or have you simply proven what many have suspected all long?
Have you become the party of non-thinking, mean-spirited, single-minded self-lovers who lack concern for anyone unlike themselves?
Have you failed to balance your concern over the unborn with the need for safe foster homes for children who were born but not wanted? How many foster parents are in your local congregations?
Have you neglected the homeless because somewhere in the back of your mind you think "those people" got what they deserved by living irresponsibly or carelessly? How many food banks and clothing closets house your contributions?
Have you refused to confront your own racism and sexism because you found Bible verses that seem to support slavery and a subordinate position for women? Is 11:00 am on Sunday the most segregated hour in your life?
Have you ignored the increasing levels of poverty and hunger in the U.S. and the world because you're convinced God will always feed the righteous and leave the unrighteous out in the cold?
Do your brows furrow when someone mentions HIV/AIDS?
How did you decide to ignore domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and sexual assault in your communities, but insist on removing from your bookstores magazines picturing women pastors on the cover?
Do you silently reassure yourself of God's favor when you smugly say "There but for the grace of God go I" when you see or hear of someone who has fallen away from the "straight and narrow"? Why isn't this person's experience an opportunity to demonstrate and prove the love of God? Are the unfortunate less graced than the fortunate? Who says so?
Is civil disobedience OK when you want to challenge IRS regulations regarding political endorsements from the pulpit, but not OK for everyone else?
What elements of our society do you wish to "conserve"? Who would benefit and who would suffer from such conservation? Or has it all come to mean only this: "I have an advantage somewhere in all of this, and I refuse to give it up?"