Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Evangelical Left

Thank you to Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist on, for this post of a protestor's sign contrasting the Bible and the religious right on a list of key biblical commands.

The poster says:

Fear everyone
Expel the stranger
Blame the poor
Ignore the sick
Feed the rich
Love only thyself
Trust only Caesar
Throw lots of stones

Clearly, these positions are the opposite of many things Jesus said, as well as opposite of the central teachings of Torah:

Leviticus 19:33-34New International Version (NIV)

33 “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
Just one problem with this post: it concludes with the comment "Not that evangelical Christians ever had any moral authority."

Wrong.  Evangelical Christians like Catherine Booth founded the Salvation Army, which is still doing good work today.  In many small, untrumpeted actions, born-again Christians are still following the words of Jesus in Matthew, chapter 25, verse 40:

If you did it to the least of these my sisters and brothers, you did it to me.

Evangelical and mainstream Christians are a major force protesting Trump's ban on refugees because many churches do hosting of refugees.

I love the sign of the protestor, and it's true that many evangelicals overlooked 45's sexual assault and racism to get an anti-abortion vote on the Supreme Court, but don't smear all evangelicals of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

Some of us are left and progressive--such as my favorite group, Christian Feminism Today, which is inclusive of LGBTQ folk and fights for women's equality in Christian churches and parachurch organizations.

Thank you to Karen Kidd, who alerted me to this post on Patheos.

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