Friday, September 29, 2006

A Privatized Faith

We hear from both the left and the right that our faith is a private matter. To enter into public discourse is consider "impolite". Remember the two most impolite topics, religion and politics. I would argue that you can't separate the two, but that is a subject for a different day. Please don't hear this as me lobbying for "retrenchment". A term familiarly describing the likes of Pat Robertson, James Dobson, and Jerry Falwell. This term would lead us to believe that it is our religious duty to "over take" and legislate our faith into action. It's true that this is all we have known since Constantine, but it's time to begin to imagine a different alternative. Perhaps one of "being" the church. For further inquiry see:

A Peculiar People, Rodney Clapp

and listen to these

here and here.

The idea of "being the church" is pretty much what got Dobson & Falwell going. Maybe a better way to say it would be to say "following Jesus" ... a safe path unless you consider following Him in the way of the cross :)
That may be the case KB, but you have to admit a bit that somwhere along the line they got off course.
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