Mid-Week Reading

10 Mar

porkulus1The coming evangelical collapse
Michael Spencer, The Christian Science Monitor

The evangelical investment in moral, social, and political issues has depleted our resources and exposed our weaknesses. Being against gay marriage and being rhetorically pro-life will not make up for the fact that massive majorities of Evangelicals can’t articulate the Gospel with any coherence. We fell for the trap of believing in a cause more than a faith.
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The “They Did It” Presidency
Victor Davis Hanson, The Corner

The Obamians need to get a life and govern the country, rather than blaming their gaffes on Bush, Rush, life, etc. . . .
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Re: The “They did it” presidency
Mark Steyn, The Corner

I have to say the first six weeks of the Age of the Hopeychange have surprised me. I expected it to be bad, but I didn’t expect it to be so incompetent. Not because I had any expectations of President Obama’s executive skills: As I said back in the fall re the comparisons with Governor Palin, Barack ain’t run nuthin’ but his mouth. This is the first real job he’s had where you’re supposed to show up at nine in the morning and make decisions.
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The 10 Biggest Amateur Mistakes By the Obama Administration So Far
John Hawkins, TownHall

During the 2008 presidential campaign, people speculated whether someone like Barack Obama, who has never really run anything or had any major achievements other than winning political office, could handle a three AM crisis call. Well, as it turns out, Obama has been such a bumbling incompetent that he probably couldn’t handle a trip through a Wendy’s drive-in window without a teleprompter telling him what to order and whether he wants a Coke or a Mountain Dew. Even though Obama has been in office less than two months, he has already made more boneheaded errors than most Presidents do in an entire term.
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I may run for president of Texas
Chuck Norris, World Net Daily

On Glenn Beck’s radio show last week, I quipped in response to our wayward federal government, “I may run for president of Texas.” That need may be a reality sooner than we think. If not me, someone someday may again be running for president of the Lone Star state, if the state of the union continues to turn into the enemy of the state.
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See also:

Stop Spending Our Future

Below the Beltway: Why Mark Sanford Needs to be Taken Seriously

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4 Responses to “Mid-Week Reading”

  1. Kyle March 11, 2009 at 12:26 pm #

    Interesting article about the future of the evangelical church. I think he is right that the church is going to continue to decline in numbers over the coming years, but I think his predictions about how it will happen are somewhat off. In this week’s survey of American religious beliefs the percentage of people claiming to be “evangelical” actually increased over the 1990 numbers, even as the percentage of “Christians” fell. This would say to me that the evangelical church is doing better in growing and sustaining membership than other Christian churches in the US. Regardless, the biggest decline in the church is going to be from people who are culturally or socially Christian. The author admits this might be a good thing, and I would agree.

    The author doesn’t get to any solutions or suggestions to counteract the causes of the decline, which is somewhat disappointing. His decision seems to be that the evangelical church is beyond hope and should be allowed to die. I would wholeheartedly disagree with this sentiment.

    I think the evangelical church has two major challenges that it needs to overcome in order to thrive in the future.

    First, we need to stop trying to use the government and political means to advance the kingdom of God. God reaches people through their hearts and minds, not their politicians. We need to make people our complete focus and abandon the political realm completely. By aligning strongly with a political party, the evangelical church has alienated a large number of people who would otherwise be more open to hearing their message.

    Second, we need to stop fighting the “Culture Wars.” This is a fight many people love to fight, but we will can have no impact on the lives of people we consider our “enemies.” And if the trend continues, the secular side of the war is only getting larger. Instead of fighting we need to follow the examples of Jesus, the disciples, and Paul, and we need to engage and befriend people living in the secular culture. Paul preached Christ to Greek philosophers at their meeting place using the words of their teachings. Jesus was friends with and fellowshipped with prostitutes and tax collectors. These are the actions we need to put into practice, not boycotts, debates, or righteous indignation. What we have in Christ is the hope and salvation for all people, and our silly culture, as depraved as it can be, does not hold a candle to Him.

  2. Michael March 12, 2009 at 5:48 pm #

    Kyle, Spencer goes into more detail if you follow the links to his blog (in the article).

    I agree with much of what you said. I do think, however that there are matters of the culture where Christians should be involved. Slavery in Britain and the United States would never have ended without the Christians. Likewise I think the cause of Life is a righteous cause of the church. Your mileage may vary.

    The problem is the intertwining of faith and policy. For far too many, left and right, the policy becomes their faith. While the right way to look at this is that ones faith should drive one’s policies and politics. But that’s a whole ‘nother post.

    By the way, check out Sunday’s religion section in the RTD.

  3. Kyle March 13, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    “I do think, however that there are matters of the culture where Christians should be involved.”

    I would definitely agree. It’s not that I think Christians should abandon the culture, instead it is the way that we approach the culture that needs to change. Judgmental confrontation with a person we have labeled an “enemy” is rarely going to change their view and will not bring them into a relationship with Christ. Unfortunately, I think it is easier and more popular to fight someone than to show them love.

    I struggle mightily with abortion. I absolutely believe it is wrong, and I pray that there would be no abortions. I would agree that the cause of Life is a righteous cause of the church. But again for the most part I think we are approaching it in the wrong way. Instead of focusing our time and resources on staging protests and lobbying the government to outlaw abortion, we need to focus exclusively on ministering and supporting expectant mothers. That includes having Christians families ready and committed to adopting children. It also means that the culture of life should not end at birth. We need to make sure all children have the care, support and nourishment they need for a healthy productive life.

    As long as the fight against abortion remains a political battle, it will never be eliminated.

  4. Michael March 13, 2009 at 7:51 pm #

    I agree Kyle, that life is a matter of the heart. I’ve marched in the March for Life, but quickly realized I did more good volunteering at and supporting the crisis pregnancy center. I do that financially now.

    And I don’t have any real hopes of abortion ever being outlawed. But certainly there’s a place for parental notification and parental permission as well as informed consent. And above all, it’s not something the government should be funding.

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