"Over the course of the last 20 or 30 years, evangelicalism, specifically their association with the religious right and conservative politics, has done more damage to the brand of Christianity than just about anything else[.]"Seriously? I mean, come on … seriously?
It’s not the religious right that’s whole-heartedly embraced abortion.
It’s not the religious right that’s wholeheartedly embraced homosexual ‘marriage’.
It’s not the religious right that’s wholeheartedly embraced the elevation of unrepentant sinners to leadership positions within the church.
It’s not the religious right that’s wholeheartedly embraced Marxist ‘social justice’, with all that encompasses.
It’s not the religious right that flagrantly re-writes Scripture to justify non-biblical ideas.
And it’s not the religious right that projects a lopsided, ‘only love, never justice’ version of God’s nature.
No, all of these things are handmaidens of the Christian Left, not the Christian Right.
I would ask Mr. Tchividjian if he could explain how and/or why Western civilization in general, and the US in particular – has devolved over the last half-century into the moral and ethical cesspit it has, with so little concern for the lives of the unborn, the blind eye it turns to sexual promiscuity, and the general attitude of ‘the world owes me a living’, but I don’t have to – he answers that question (though perhaps unwittingly) when he says:
"It's not so much religion in the public sphere as much as religion in the pulpit, behind the pulpit, that's my primary concern," Tchividjian continued. "As a preacher, my job when I stand up on Sunday mornings to preach, is not first and foremost to address social ills or social problems or try to find social solutions. My job is to diagnose people's problems and then announce God's solution to their problems."By abandoning the idea that ‘social ills’ and ‘social problems’ are a pulpit concern, conservative evangelicals (the Religious right, for the most part), created a vacuum which the progressive liberal ‘church’ (the Religious Left) has been all too happy to exploit.
From its inception, Christianity has been counter-cultural – until now. From the first sermons and writings of Paul and Peter and John and Jude and James, Christians have worked to re-mold society, and they often did so with an ‘in-your-face’ attitude which would, I believe, horrify many Christian leaders today. And it’s that horror of getting into the face of the culture which has given the Christian Left their opportunity: rather than being counter-cultural, they’ve absorbed the culture, molding themselves to the culture, rather than the other way ‘round, which is how they so easily stepped up and swiped the ball.
If anything, it’s the Christian Left that’s damaged the Christian ‘brand’ (if the hemorrhaging of membership we see in the Progressive Liberal churches is any indication), not the Christian right.
And if we members of the Religious right allow this sort of thing to continue