I wonder what the deal is…

I’ve been in a few discussions on the issue of global warming and Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth and I keep coming away asking myself, “What’s the deal with the Christian community?” The one group of people who should give a rip about what is happening with our world is the one group of people who is more concerned with condemning having a glass of wine in the evening and such matters.

Environmental stewardship, poverty, world-wide injustice are not “liberal” issues, they are moral issues; and Christian moral issues at that; things that God’s chosen people have been expressly commanded to deal with.

What’s the deal with the Christian community?

Another thing that keeps running through my head is something that Auni and I read last night on christiananswers.net. We were reading the movie review there of The Passion of the Christ and this was the first thing we saw under the negative reviews section:

…Why was all the horrific violence necessary? I took my almost 3 year old son to see the film, as with many who went to see it with their families and he was screaming by the end of it, as was my heart! …It took me the rest of the night to calm him down.

The first thing that ran through my head was a famous French phrase with the abbreviation WTF! I am not a parent, so I probably have no right to question someone’s parenting, but, as far as I am concerned, that is a form of child abuse. A good parent will not take their almost 3 year old child to see an R rated movie, no matter what the film is about! Yet I didn’t hear crap in churches from pastors telling their people not to take their young children to see the film. From the looks of things, it isn’t the homosexuals who are the greatest threat to the traditional family…

What’s the deal with the Christian community?

And as I think over the direction the church has seemed to be headed recently, it makes me wonder why people are so against everything Emergent/Emerging. At least those guys and gals are trying to change the world in a positive manner. At least they are trying to take the gospel to the world rather than trying to draw the world to them. At least they are being obedient to the things that God has commanded, or trying to be.

When I see men like Al Gore, who I am unsure of his religious affiliation, standing in front of a world audience and calling for them (and Americans in particular) to change their lifestyle and at the same time read stories of Christian pastors doing whole services devoted to what is right with America, it makes me want to leave the mainline even more and seek refuge and sanctuary with true Christians. I would rather spend my time with one person who is concerned with the Kingdom of God (does “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven” ring a bell?) than with 5 million of your typical “conservative” Christians.

What’s the deal with the Christian community?

Here’s some Scripture that I wish the modern Evangelical community here in America would take to heart:

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously – take God seriously… Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD ? “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? (Micah 6:8 The Message; Isaiah 58:5-7 NIV )

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