Due to many of the concerns of mine and many human behaviors I have observed over the last 10 -15 years in the evangelical and political world I felt a multi-part, complex blog discussion was in order. Yes you heard me right … this topic is going to be about both faith and politics. Primarily I hope it is concerned with how faith and politics intersect and how the current social landscape does not reflect the Jesus that I see in scripture. My prayer and hope is that this topic speaks especially to evangelicals in the political world so that WE can be effective in His Kingdom to go out and make disciples of all nations.
And even though I do have my own biases, I want to keep those to a minimum in this discussion. My hope is that like any good Gospel and Jesus centric sermon would do ….. that this discussion will convict both the perpetrator as much as the victim, the democrat as much as the republican, the liberal as much as the conservative, and the elder brother as much as the younger brother. My prayer is that I can mostly put down my own biases and skews in life and talk to all sides and all people. In the end I hope you can hear the Good News about Jesus — that He died while we were still sinners so we can have TRUE FREEDOM!
This series starts with one basic premise I see that has reached an epidemic high in the current social and political landscape. That our current culture embraces shame and criticism of others as a primary social tool to win. Shame, I contend, since the fall in the garden is the primary tool that the serpent used to bend Adam and Eve toward sin. And it is the primary tool that evil continues to use to keep entire cultures of people in isolation and propagating sin! Todays social and political landscape continues to use shame as a tool to get on “top” of the other side. Also, this seems to be just as true in the Christian world as it is outside the Christian world. It is just as true of democratic elites as is the republican elites, just as true of the political right as it is of the left.
Shame wants you to believe it only shows up in big and grand ways. However, it normally shows up in a persons face, subtle glances, and body language. It shows up in covert ways in our facebook posts and tweets. Since we know as Christians it not right to be shameful people we submerge our shaming tactics into passive aggressive tendencies. It shows up in a glance of disapproval and our body language as much as our words when talking to a person we disagree with. Shaming tactics are ubiquitous. They are so engrained in our culture that we no longer see our tactics as shame. We are not even aware of these shaming tactics. We just see them as being right. And in the Christian world many are in denial that our use of “truth” often does not reflect both the position and posture of Jesus Christ toward a sinful world. It does not reflect the Jesus that I see and read about in scripture!
This topic will have the following parts to it. As I complete each part I will provide hypertext links to each part in this BLOG.
- Truth — What is it?
- Genesis – Our Starting Point of Truth
- Gods Plan — Relationship and Community
- Establishing the moral vision of the New Testament and Jesus
- True Freedom — What does it look like?
- Application for Today