November 10, 2006

WHICH VALUES?



Caption. Castor is taking a look.

If the Gentle Reader gets a chance, El Cabrero recommends checking out "The Politics of Jesus," which appeared in the print version of the Nov. 13 Newsweek.

Although the issue appeared before the election, it may be more relevant after. The subtitle is:

Sex or social justice? The war between the religious right and believers who want to go broader.


Since evangelical Christians emerged as a political force in the 1970s, the most vocal and visible were religious right groups whose message was often divisive, sometimes harsh, and occasionally hateful.

This was something cynical politicians were glad to exploit for their own purposes, using that portion of the faithful as a rent-a-crowd to achieve goals that had more to do with greed than that vision of God.

As former Bush administration aide and evangelical Christian David Kuo notes in his book Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction, the lure of apparent political power and influence led some far from the path of Jesus, who "needs to be about more than being precinct captain."

It's an encouraging sign that many evangelicals are turning their attention to issues such as poverty, the environment, and human rights.

And it's important to remember that many other engaged Christians have long been on the front lines of struggles for social and economic justice.

In El Cabrero's beloved state of West Virginia, appeals to hot button issues fell flat in a certain recent effort to purchase the legislature, demonstrating that the average voter here is sharper than Pavlov's dogs automatically responding to classical conditioning.

Soul searching in general is a good thing. Whatever the future holds, more Jesus and less jihad would a step in the right direction.

GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: UNKNOWN

1 comment:

Jiminy Cricket said...

I saw an article in my local newspaper recently regarding local Evangelical ministers starting to speak up on global warming. I could barely believe it ~ most of them in our area belong to the "hateful" group, and I'm not kidding. I have heard stories from friends who "used" to belong to those churches, and they're not pretty stories.