As progressive as the founding pastor of New City Fellowship in Chattanooga is, Andrew Exum thinks this mixed race, multicultural church still fails to pass the Democratic/mainline Protestant litmus test:
Last weekend, I happened to be back in Jackson’s Tennessee, and my wife and I used the opportunity to go to a church we have long admired. New City Fellowship in Chattanooga was founded by a young interracial couple who grew up in housing projects in Newark, New Jersey, and started a ministry focused on racial reconciliation in my hometown in the 1970s. Today, it is a vibrant cross-cultural ministry and was one of the few places I remember growing up (that wasn’t a sporting event) where black and white Tennesseans would regularly gather together. I cannot imagine the courage it must have taken for a young white pastor and his black wife to have started that church just a few years after Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down on the other end of the state.
Like most Protestant churches still thriving in the United States, New City follows a pretty orthodox—in this case, Presbyterian—theology. Most of the men and women with whom my wife and I were worshipping would also probably identify as evangelicals, that same group of people who have been Trump’s most committed supporters.
Now, may the Lord have mercy on me for this, but perhaps because I have lived in Washington, D.C., for the past several years, as I worshipped last weekend, I also saw something else in the pews: voters. These people—God-fearing Christians committed to racial reconciliation and social justice—should be among the voters for whom a multicultural Democratic Party is competing.
But one thing that shines through among many evangelical voters—as well as other, non-evangelical Trump supporters with whom I have spoken back home—is how turned off they are by the smug self-righteousness of contemporary progressive discourse.
Don’t support abortion rights? Well, obviously you hate women (even if you happen to yourself be a woman), and the late-night comedians are going to be merciless with what is left of your reputation.
Still believe marriage is a Biblical institution between a man and woman for the purposes of procreation? Be prepared to be mocked relentlessly on social media and shunned by peers and employers.
Last week, the Democratic Party debated whether it was even still possible to be pro-life and a Democrat before Nancy Pelosi—that arch-pragmatist who, so unlike her GOP successors, put a string of wins on the board for her party while speaker of the House—put an end to the debate by affirming that the answer remained yes.
These debates over doctrine and policy positions are exactly what the party should be doing in the aftermath of its 2016 debacle. But when paired with the self-righteous tone so characteristic of contemporary progressive discourse, it is potentially toxic to attempts to broaden the electorate for which the Democratic Party is competing. It replicates the mistakes of Alexander Hamilton’s own political writings before his own party collapsed.
Only the current configuration of national politics could make New School Presbyterians look like J. friggin Gresham Machen. Which might also make the people who voted for Trump (I did not) look a little more reasonable than Stephen Colbert.
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No, Anne Coulter is not going to receive the Kuyper Award from Princeton either, but what about Anne Coulter’s first amendment right to say whatever she wants to promote herself in the second kingdom? This is the consolation of being in two kingdoms at once—Satan’s kingdom is the one in which Christians are also to engage to preserve the American bill of rightts and do their jobs. Colbert is Catholic in church, so why not let him be secular elsewhere?
“For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.”(Phil.1:29)
but not if somebody is gong to kill your family or take your job, that’s never for Christ
I Peter 1: 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. 15 But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy. 17 if you address as Father the One who judges impartially based on each one’s work, you are to conduct yourselves in fear during the TIME of your TEMPORARY LIFE.
Is that James Ward tickling the ivories?
yes, still going strong https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKK9P1OSJlc
My heart is glad and will rejoice My body will rest secure for you will not abandon me Abandon me to the grave Leave me in the grave Nor let your holy one see decay. I know my redeemer lives, and he will descend on the earth Even though my body has been destroyed Yeah, in my flesh I will see my God. I am the Resurrection and the Life He who believes in me Believes in me will live, even though he dies