Looking Back on 2018
As 2018 winds down so too will my blogging output. This year I have focused on a fair number of topics, including:
- General political commentary (e.g., “Making Sense of it All“)
- Biblical commentary (e.g., “Romans: The Cased for Christ to a Hostile World“)
- Commentary on the art of writing (e.g., “The Death of Beauty“)
- Continued focus on the PCUSA and it’s elite leadership (e.g., “The PCUSA Elite Today“)
- Contemplation of Progressive ideology (e.g., “Glimpses into the Progressive Psyche” and “Making Sense of Progressive Nonsense“)
- Poverty and politics (e.g., “The Surprisingly Good News about World Poverty“)
- Socialism (e.g., “Questions for Socialists“)
- The contemporary relevance and purpose of the Christian Church (e.g., “The Christian Church in Revolutionary Times“)
- Satire (e.g., “Stinging Satire from the Babylon Bee“)
Clearly 2018 was a year in which I strayed further from the core theological and denominational topics that dominated previous years.
A Preview of Early 2019
In a recent discussion with a friend he pointed out that religion, politics and economics are inextricably linked together. While I definitely agree with this point, I also have grave concerns given the experience of Postmodern Christianity, Progressive politics and Socialist economics in the PCUSA. Some readers may assume that I seek a combination of orthodox Reformed Christianity, Conservative politics and Capitalist economics as the preferred alternative.
Not so, for Christianity does not exist as an adjunct to any political or economic ideology. Nor is Christianity the justification for human sourced ideologies. No, Christianity is about the saving of our sinful souls by he Triune God. That eternal purpose transcends all human thought or action. However, it also informs human thought and action in this fallen world.
I have come to believe that Western Christianity has failed in its attempt to mix the sacred and profane into a new theology that is better suited to the modern (or postmodern) world. Perhaps this will be a fruitful area of discussion in the new year.
I’m also concerned that our civic discussion has veered way too far in the direction of emotion and intentions at the expense of logic and data. I’m also thinking about this issue as we move into the new year.
Of course there is no way to predict what events or ideas will bubble to the surface in 2019 that will drive the direction of this blog. These are dangerous, fraught times through which we are passing. We must keep our eyes fixed on Christ and our trust in God’s providential care if we hope to pass through with our faith intact.
It’s my prayer that this blog will in some small way bring blessing and hope to a dark world by proclaiming that Christ is Lord while seeking to understand how this eternal salvation translates into our brief lives here.