You don't have to be religious (and I'm clearly not) to get excited about a faith-based movement that is focused on service and charity, and that sees its mission as improving peoples' lives, rather than dividing them. There's a new generation of evangelicals who want to focus on issues like global warming and poverty, who are less interested in partisan politics than they are in pursuing an inclusive agenda to improve the world.....As Warren said in a Philly Inquirer piece now hidden behind a pay archive firewall:This is an interesting post because Kos, a non-theistic liberal activist, is seeing something positive in an overtly "Christian" view. Is the pendulum starting to swing? IS there a new common ground growing between liberal Christians and non-Christian liberals?"The New Testament says the church is the body of Christ, but for the last 100 years, the hands and feet have been amputated, and the church has just been a mouth. And mostly, it's been known for what it's against," Warren said during a break between services at his sprawling Orange County church campus.Needless to say, this is all 100 percent opposed to the current Evangelical right wing, that has (pathetically) put all its faith in George W. Bush, that insists on injecting itself into the political process, that insists on defining itself based on who it hates and rejects, be it gays, or liberals, or people who have sex, or whatever....
"I'm so tired of Christians being known for what they're against." [...]
These people thrive on division and wedge. And it burns them up that the presidential candidates -- including their Republican one -- are speaking to the "politically correct" Warren.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Political changes in evangelical Christianity
Most of my blog reading is political, and like any plugged-in liberal I keep an eye on the group blog Daily Kos. Check out this recent post from master blogger Markos (Kos), about the political changes in the Right wing. Kos starts by comparing the "classic" right wing politicos of the Dobsons and that ilk, who are defined by what they are against, with the more modern evangelical defined by Rick Warren. Importantly, Warren will be hosting an event with both presidential candidates which is infuriating the old guard. Kos writes,