As we’ve seen in Michigan, Wisconsin, and elsewhere, when certain groups don’t get what they want they resort to violence and attacks. Of course, cartels resort to violence when their dynasty declines … that’s a nice hot dog cart you’ve got there, it’d be a shame if something happened to it.
We’ve lost our ability to have reasonable and rational discussions about disagreements.
One reason comes from the lack of proper education. As our public schools continue to crumble, they’re turning out people who can’t think. That’s why these protests resort to mindless chants — Hey Hey, Ho Ho, … oops, can you pass the card around, I forget the rest.
Lacking logic and critical thinking, all that remains is thuggery as radical violent political protests replace rational discussion.
Sadly (and many times for the same reason), this disease infects the church.
Fights over pre-trib/post-trib, Calvinism, Bible translation, baptism, and so cause severe problems in the church. This must not be. As Chuck Missler asks, why do Christians organize their firing squads in circles?
Of course, this does not mean the “big tent” where doctrine isn’t vital, as some crazy ideas run through the church and distract many. Ideas like:
- The alternate gospel of social justice
- Replacement theology
- Paul didn’t really mean what he wrote
- That part doesn’t apply today
- The Bible isn’t inerrant
- Daniel didn’t really write his book
- Jesus’ death didn’t provide atonement
- Genesis is just “figurative”
- This is “new”, not really in the Bible
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 3–4)
We (the church) must be able to contend for the faith, focusing on the majors, while ignoring the minors. Too often the church has that backwards — allowing bizarre and un-Biblical ideas (liberal theology — social justice, replacement theology, etc) into the church while fighting over whether it’s proper to dunk forward or backward for baptism. Tragic.
Liberal theology isn’t Christianity. Not even close. You can’t deny everything that makes Christianity Christian and legitimately call yourself a Christian … unless your goal is to deceive people; liberal theology begins with denying the Bible — even well-known atheist Christopher Hitchens understands:
I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that he rose again from the dead and by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.
But fights over Calvinism, baptism, and other minor points must end.
A friend once told me a story of an experience visiting a church, and was asked if she was a Calvinist or not, because if her beliefs didn’t match up, she wasn’t welcome.
A stunning display of majoring in the minors.
The church must not descend into the chaos of an out of control radical political protest. That starts with learning how to think, and discuss with civility, all while understanding the difference between fluff and foundational doctrine.
A tall task, but we can do it.