There are two choices at play here. Freedom and the past. Part of Christianity is freeing yourself from the past so that you can now live free in Christ. One group had come to believe in the risen Christ and found freedom in that so much so that they could now walk into a pagan temple and purchase and eat and live in this new found freedom, knowing they were no longer in chains to those places or scenarios. The other group still searched for that freedom and felt like their conscience was violated by eating that meat in those places. Paul made it clear that neither was wrong, but finished this portion of his letter with this: “So if what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live- for I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble.”
Category: The political church
At the heart of it, of course, is our president, Donald Trump, who is about as unifying as Coriolanus Snow. You either love him or you hate him, but one thing you don’t do is ignore him. I’m sorry, that’s the news media.
One of the struggles of living in the Christian world is the inability of many Christians to be flexible about their beliefs. This is due, in no small part, to the enlightenment, coupled with “modernity” and its belief or philosophy that we can know everything as humans. So science can tell us everything we need to know about the world or the Bible tells us everything we need to know about God. This was of course the response of mankind to the middle or the “dark” ages where only a few special people, whether they were kings or priests, held the keys to knowledge or spirituality.
And here we go again! Talking about Jerry Jr. on the Holman Report. But yet again, he tweeted something out so ridiculous, that Liberty Alumni everywhere talked feverishly about it for days. I did too. It created an epic case study for what conservatism has become, which is namely, not so conservative. I remember hearing years ago about the immorality of the liberal left, and their course mouths and their delight for all things anti-God and anti church. Welcome to 2019! The time period where we don’t have flying cars, but we do have leaders of Christian colleges calling other pastors to “grow a pair” on social media.
But why did Falwell Jr. Go gung ho with guns a blazin’ for Presidential Candidate Donald Trump? Why did Ted Haggard come out as a leading opponent of legislation legalizing same sex marriage in the United States when he had been practicing homosexuality for years? Why am I just now writing the things I’m writing for the Holman Report, despite the fact that I’ve believed them since the mid 2000’s?