Confronting the Absurdity
I’d like to focus on the following question:
What is the likelihood that two organizations, the first driven by the passions and practicalities of contemporary human ideology / politics, and, the second built on Scriptures written by dozens of authors from approximately 1500 B.C. to 100 A.D. concerning the eternal, loving and just God — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — would uniformly arrive at virtually identical moral conclusions and policy prescriptions?
The natural answer for most people would likely be “pretty much zero.” That is, the differences in both the sources and deliberative processes are so vast that it would be absurdly unlikely. And yet, this is the very absurdity upon which most mainline Protestant denominations are built.
That is, we are supposed to accept that the uniform agreement between a human political movement (i.e., Progressive Leftism) and mainline Christian denominations is a natural and credible outcome. But, it is actually an incredible outcome, and one that any committed Christian, regardless of their personal political beliefs should find troubling. Note well that it would be equally incredible and troubling if a Christian denomination uniformly agreed with Conservatism, Libertarianism, or any other secular human movement.
So, if this result didn’t happen by chance, then why did it? Could it be because the Democratic Party, the practical vehicle of Progressive Leftist politics, is under control of the mainline Protestant denominations? Given the consistently shrinking membership of mainline denominations and clearly increasing secularism in the Democratic Party, this reason is exceedingly unlikely.
The most likely answer is that, having lost faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and rejected Biblical authority, the mainline leadership grasped the straws of “social justice” and secular political activism as the only means of maintaining any plausible reason for existing as an organization. That is, having rejected God’s power and purposes they had no choice but to replace these with secular political power and purposes.
I’m certainly not alone in this position. For example, here’s an excerpt from Edward R. Norman’a Christianity and the World Order.
Christianity today is, in this sense, bing reinterpreted as a scheme of social and political action, dependent, it is true, upon supernatural authority for its ultimate claims to attention, but rendered in categories that are derived from the political theories and practices of contemporary society. . .
Also, my research into and analysis of the recent PCUSA decision to allow same-gender marriage confirms: hijacking of Jesus Christ and His Gospel for political purposes, rejection of Biblical authority, and embrace of Progressive secular sociopolitical causes. More recently, I have documented (and refuted) the complete alignment between the PCUSA’s and Progressive Democrat position on immigration policy.
I suppose that a committed Christian who is also a committed Progressive Leftist might be able to square this circle. However, even for them, doesn’t the subjugation of Jesus Christ and His Gospel under the authority of a secular, partisan political movement seem theologically and morally untenable? For the rest of us, are we willing to ceed our faith in Jesus Christ and the interpretation of His purposes in the world to the Democrat Party?
I certainly do not ceed these things to the Republican Party. Yes, I am a registered Republican and usually (but not always) vote Republican. But this isn’t because I believe that this party has a monopoly on morality, let alone Christian truth. Nor do I find anything close to uniform alignment between the Republican Party Platform and my Christian beliefs. No, in a two-party Republic I usually vote (often holding my nose) for the candidate that I believe will do the least damage.
Every citizen is entitled to their own political beliefs. However, no-one is entitled to avoid criticism if they are so absurd so as to claim that their secular political party and Christian derived policy prescriptions are always and forever in near perfect alignment. That is precisely the implicit claim of our mainline denominational leadership. And, it is long past time that we confronted the absurdity of this situation.