In The World, But Not Of It

It`s not often that I come across articles that both provoke and inspire me intellectually, in that they offer me a great deal with which to wrestle as well as to concur.

Recently, a friend of mine referred me to an article by writer Coleman Luck concerning “What`s Wrong with Evangelical Christians and Why are we Destroying America?” – a provocative title, to be sure, but the hyperbole serves to rivet the reader`s attention to the many sober issues the author brings forth.

Coleman Luck is an excellent writer, with a gift for rhetoric and argumentation as well as an acerbic wit (see: Evangelical Christians & Hollywood: The Ongoing Disaster) which meshes well with my own sense of humor.

While I cannot say that I necessarily agreed with much of Mr. Luck`s observations and analyses, there was one line of argument in particular which hit home for me personally:

“…It is disaster when we give up our ability to carry out the Great Commission of Jesus and live out His love within the culture to which we have been assigned. It is disaster when we lose our moral authority. It is disaster when political/cultural/moral ends come to justify ungodly means. It is disaster when we commit ourselves to an agenda of fear instead of faith. It is disaster when we choose leaders who tell us what we want to hear instead of what we need to hear. It is disaster when we condone ungodliness and hypocrisy in those leaders. And because all these things have been happening, it is disaster for the spiritual life of America…”

This is something which I have given much thought to in the recent days, all of which was precipitated a couple years ago by two conversations of similar timbre taking place amongst different individuals.

One being an exchange between my wife and one of her colleagues, and the other being between myself and an old friend from my schoolboy days – but in both encounters the Christian`s “place” within the socio-political stage was brought forth as well as the accountability of Christian “leaders” amongst the “laity” of their followers.

Somewhere along the progression of recent history, the Christian community has embraced the capitalistic enticements of worldly wealth and power in addition to the wholly man-centric pragmatism of “get them before they get you” duplicity.

We have traded our inheritance for a bowl of soup. We have forgotten the Home we have in HIM as His people, worshipping our creature comforts in lieu of the Creator.

Tu autem Domine miserere nobis…

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