Monday, February 26, 2007

Who's Right?

In the New York Times yesterday they had a very interesting piece on the "Christian Right" and their efforts to find a 2008 presidential candidate. Apparently there is a secret organization of influential conservative Christians who gather to talk and strategize about the evangelical influence on politics. Although it doesn't seem to be quite as secretive now.

I found several things very interesting about this whole thing. First was where it was held: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida which seems to be quite an exclusive and expensive hotel. With rooms ranging any where from $250 - $1800 a night, not to mention the cost just to get to the island.

Second, was how secretive this group is. They decline to talk about what was discussed and appear to want anonymity, yet the premise of the get together was to find some one that they all could support in their moral war on America.

Third, is the fact that they in large represent Christianity to most of America. This last one is what hurts the most. While they wage a moral war and look to establish a political kingdom here on Earth they seem to leave The King out of it. It is almost if they are the Zealots of today. Unfortunately issues of abortion, same sex marriage, and taxes are the most important to them, not God's glory. Don't think I am say those issues aren't important, but truly they pale in comparison to Jesus. As one of my friends explored in his blog: Obedience = Moralism? We need to come to Jesus not a moral code.

A couple of weeks ago I was given the opportunity to preach at the local church I am apart of and hit on this point a bit. If you wish you can hear the message here or get our podcast through our rss feed:


Fra said...

Ok. So can you explain why same sex marriage is important and divorce is not? I assume divorce is not important because you didn't mention it and neither did "they".
Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe Jesus spoke directly about divorce. I don't believe He mentioned gay marriage or homosexuality even once.
Saul the murderer, later the Apostle Paul, had a lot--couple of versus being a lot-- to say about it, as did Leviticus. Of course Leviticus also says that those who curse their mother and father should be put to death.
Pardon my sarcasm, but I am so stuck on the question of why gay marriage is such a HUGE deal to Christians yet these same Christians will not bat an eye about their neighbor, pew mate, friend getting a divorce and getting remarried.
I really don't understand this and I'd love an honest answer.

-Kyle said...

God hates all sin, whether it is premarital sex or divorce. I think you failed to understand the point of my post. I was trying to show that this group of Christians should be getting together to brainstrom ways in which Jesus might be glorified greater, not how we can elect some one that will promote a set of rules.