Thursday, November 6, 2008

Clear Thinking Evangelicals

The rage and despair that many conservative Christians have expressed over the election of Barack Obama has put a damper on my excitement, however, I have been heartened to find that there are many evangelicals who also think that some of their fellow believers are overreacting. I found the following thoughts from Scott Grace very encouraging:

America elects a pro-choice candidate and suddenly my fellow Christian brothers
and sisters head for the hills screaming the world has come to an end. Are not
abortion rates much higher in several other countries? Why aren't we just as
concerned about "life" in those countries?

America elects an economically progressive candidate and people are screaming
"socialism" preparing for a Rapture. (An mid-1800's invention of conservative
Christian theology). Doesn't America know that Democracy is one of the youngest
political philosophies to be employed? Why do we think the fate of the world
depends on the success of our economical and political philosophies
America is struggling economically, and Jesus is now coming back to rescue his
2000 year old church from this difficult tribulation. Doesn't America remember
that its only 232 years old? Why does God's blessing equate with monetary
Why do American Christians constantly tie the end of the world to the "demise"
of America? Isn't America only 5% of the world's population?
I've said it before, I will say it again. Christians in America are more
American than they are Christian. God forgive us for being so earthly minded.

I doubt that Scott and I would agree on many issues, but I think maybe we can agree that we are all Americans.

1 comment:

  1. Wow... thank you for the compliments!

    I sometimes regret my being labeled evangelical, but nonetheless, when all is said and done, I am part of the herd.

    We might not agree on some issues... true. But are they enough to divide us from our common life together? I think not. I wish nothing but the best for you and your journey.

    Grace and peace.