Reading Reflections: American Christianity is Destroying the Church

Reading Reflections: American Christianity is Destroying the Church

Here’s some rambling and reflection having finished “Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture.” by Lesslie Newbigin.

When did the Church’s interaction with politics in America simply become pro-life, and against gay marriage? When did religious conservatism become the Republican party? And why is it that when we, as a nation, face moments of crisis, confusion, and injustice, the Church remains silent?

I’m not advocating for a religious government, or legislating moral codes (though the lines certainly blur in that area since laws are based on perspectives of right and wrong). Nevertheless, any faith that relegates it’s purpose to individuals and private life, and fails to engage society in the growing gulf that we call secular, deserves to be on the path of inevitable obscurity that Christianity in America has forged for itself.

I find it appalling that a Christian voice is difficult to find when it comes to economic woes our nation faces. We fail to engage our education system (unless it’s to fight curriculum on evolution and sex) choosing to ignore problems and placing our children in Christian schools or teaching at home. We’re negligent in matters of justice having bought the line that Church has no business in court; and we’re shamelessly ignorant of the poor.

Just a few thoughts.

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2 Comments to Reading Reflections: American Christianity is Destroying the Church

  1. I am saddened that American Christianity’s voice has been relegated to only a select few topics. I do believe, in part, that certain social pressures and a liberal-minded push back has aided in marginalizing many Christians to these few talking points, so that now it’s the primacy of their public voice. They’ve become entrenched in a combative posture, willing to elevate a handful of mantras as key-critical, while inadvertently ignoring other imperatives of the faith. Clearly, Christians need to maintain a historic and biblical ethos, but it needs to do so while engaging culture with clarity, compassion, grace, and love… I believe the offense of conservative-minded Christian ideology is what it is because it has become tantamount to a caged animal, afraid of losing its liberty, life, and strength; so it strikes… It gives a retort that is reactionary, which unfortunately fails to dialogue. I feel both frustration with where Christendom has gone, but I also feel pity and I can understand how–to some degree–it got there.

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