Getting Beyond Politics

l_liberal-conservative_1200x675aConservatism is the bankrupt shell of Christendom. Liberalism abandoned the shell long ago in the name of progress. Conservatism conserves for the sake of tradition whereas liberalism progresses for the sake of progress. Both movements lack the substance of a standard for which to build. One cannot progress without a standard to progress unto. Nor can the other conserve without a standard unto which one ought to adhere.

Evangelical Christians, by and large, align with conservatism because we share the value of wanting the good old way of life.  We want to live in the quiet, peaceful, and harmonious Shire that is home to Tolkein’s Hobbits. Every generation of conservatives want to return to an ideal period of the past. As Christians, we want to go back to the time when Christianity held more sway in culture than it does today. But what about cultures that have nothing for which to return? Will conservatism deliver them or enslave them? C.S. Lewis is famous for saying that we do not tell truth by the clock or the calendar. Read more

The Myth of Common Sense

Bible-on-Flag-H-585x388We have stopped believing the Bible. What we preach isn’t working because it isn’t true. The American evangelical church has replaced the doctrine of original sin with the myth of common sense. In so doing, we expect people to behave like Christians without knowing Jesus. Believing this myth, we have given the world too much credit and the Bible too little.

During my senior year of high school, I sat at my desk in my algebra class listening to the banter between a foreign exchange student and an American classmate. The Korean young lady used an English word that was unknown to the American student. The American student protested the use of the word that he didn’t know. The girl pulled out her vocabulary book from our English class and showed him that it was in our own text book and proclaimed that he ought to know it. He countered that just because it was in our text book didn’t mean that we would know the word. The foreign student valued mastery of the English language, the English speaking student did not. English was not special to us like it was to her. It was common to us so no extra effort needed to be expended in refining its use.

Likewise, believers take the Bible for granted. We think we know it inside and out, but what we know are key concepts, phrases, and stories. We have lost their relevant application to society at large outside of a salvation or moral context. We can explain the path to Jesus, but not the path to a stable nation. Read more