December 05, 2006

THE RELIGIOUS RIFT



Caption: "And behold a pale horse." (Full disclosure: the animal pictured above is not a Goat Rope Farm resident. Actually, he's a Vermont horse, which explains the accent.)

There's been a good deal of discussion recently about political divisions among evangelical Christians.

It's becoming clearer that the religious right doesn't have a lock on these voices votes.

One recent sign of the times was the resignation in late Nov. of the Rev. Joel Hunter from the leadership position of the Christian Coalition before he fully assumed his post.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Hunter said he

quit as president-elect of the group founded by evangelist Pat Robertson because he realized he would be unable to broaden the organization's agenda beyond opposing abortion and gay marriage.

He hoped to include issues such as easing poverty and saving the environment.

"These are issues that Jesus would want us to care about," Hunter said.


Hunter's effort to raise "compassion issues" fell flat with the Christian Coalition, which stated that he resigned due to "differences in philosophy and vision."

According to the article, Hunter believes this indicates that the coalition is unwilling to part with its partisan ways. "To tell you the truth, I feel like there are literally millions of evangelical Christians that don't have a home right now," Hunter said.

These signs of a growing awareness of other issues are good for evangelicals and the country as a whole.

El Cabrero has said it before and will again: Christians would be well advised to go for less jihad and more Jesus.

GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: ELEVATED

4 comments:

Flowerchild said...

AMEN brother!

Jspiker said...

Ditto....
The Vermont horse is right.
The Taliban is alive and well in America...we just call it another name.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

El Cabrero is on target. Of course my personal point of view is that evangelicals would best serve Christ by returning to the ancient theology and teachings of mainline Christianity.

Elipsos said...

Somehow I think the evangelicals might choke on themselves if they realize that, in order to be better Christians, they need to learn to be better Jews.
But then, that probably ranks up there with affirming the fact that a man of Middle Eastern descent was probably not fairskinned and blue-eyed.