"So," they say, "nobody's perfect!"
But the Vinedresser won't buy that.
Given the opportunity, He will trim the unproductive suckers and shape the branches so each one will bask in Sonlight.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Evangelical Prattle

Oops, now I’ve stepped in it. Does this mean I’m headed for excommunication from the Evangelical church? Please, let me explain while I’m still wearing my head.
Traditional American history recounts how our forefathers, many of whom were were Christ-followers, established “One Nation Under God.” If we examine our history in a broader spectrum, however, we witness both religious and secular abuses from the get-go. Yes, until recently our culture has given generous lip service to its Christian roots, even honoring God’s word as authoritative, but that deference to God has never reached down to clean up its crime-ridden streets and extinguish its burning crosses.
We pew-sitters seem to think delegating our social and civil responsibility to government donkeys and elephants, while footing the bill with our debt, is the extent of our obligation. And every four years we nitpick political candidates about where or on what day they worship, and on which side of the aisle they sit. Where is the concern about ushering into office men and women of principle, who aren’t nestled securely in Big Money’s pockets? Despite political rhetoric, such corruption is truly a bipartisan scourge.
Generations of revivalists have harped about putting shoes on our gospel and taking Christ to those who need Him. Yes, "revivals" temporarily empty the bars and fill the churches, which, my dear brethren, is indeed a good thing, but where is the ongoing change of truly regenerated lives? Until we actually become who we say we are and do what Christ did, all our Evangelical verbiage about being a Christian nation is nothing more than window dressing.

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