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A couple of months ago, the incoming Southern Baptist leader on ethics Russell Moore, celebrated the end to the (false) myth of the South as Bible Belt and the capitol of Moral Majority America. Moore contended (and I agree), that the end of this myth is “bad for America, but it’s good for the church.” But the “badness” really is only temporary in a Kingdom-oriented view of Christianity. It can open up space for renewal, for evangelicals and mainliners alike to rethink the culturally hegemonic ways that they exist in a pluralistic USian society. So, as a fellow Baptist (general & Southern), I agree with Moore’s approach. It is “The church’s” [local congregations in the free church/baptist view] job to teach and disciple believers (men and women, young teenage girls AND BOYS) about marriage and sexuality.
I realize that not every Christian will agree with my views or Moore’s approach to how church’s should function. I found this commentary on the Wall Street Journal interview, um, interesting. That the notion of loving our LGBTQIA neighbors is a PITHY SLOGAN in the eyes of dominionists like Rick Scarborough and his supporters is more than a little troubling. Churches must wrestle with what they have gone wrong from within when it comes to marriage/singleness/sexuality issues before it even attempts to learn the “WORLD” from without. This is just simply another example of Dominionism‘s awful ecclessiology.
Also, neighborly love is more than a “pithy slogan”; I am pretty sure it is the primary demand from Christ Jesus in the Gospels. But that could just be me.
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When articles and blog posts about Dominionism/Christian reconstructionism [basically, empire and domination in the name of Jesus for short] started to come out a few years ago, detractors would claim “it’s just a liberal conspiracy theory to keep conservative Christians out of politics.” An argument that would win at derailment bingo if any. The investigations done by Jeff Sharlet have debunked that argument, and I just wanted to point out his recent report “Ditto Boys” about how one evangelical college in the West Coast is a training ground for future Dominionist players. Here’s a sample:
“I’ve heard from some students that [Coe] discourages the name ‘Jesus Christ,’” Enroth continued, “that he tells students, ‘Don’t use the two terms, Jesus and Christ, together. Just refer to Jesus.’ Jesus minus the Bible, in a sense. They don’t like the word Christian. There’s a reluctance to identify with mainstream Christianity. There’s a sense of spiritual elitism. The Fellowship tells young people this is a way to be closer to God, closer than they can get within Christianity.”
I would encourage to read the rest of the article, but I have pointed out before, the Christology of dominionist Tea party politics deemphasizes many of the claims of Christ’s divinity, and is very much in the deist tradition of Thomas Jefferson. (Thus, the “Founders'” exaltation in those circles)
“EDUCATION REFORM AKA PUBLIC FUNDS BEING SENT TO CHARTER SCHOOLS, AND EVENTUALLY RELIGIOUS PRIVATE SCHOOLS”
ANOTHER REDISTRICTING BATTLE
RAISING PAY FOR JUDGES
CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING (AGAIN)
Rick Perry is a proud fiscal conservative: no doubt, a label that has lost ALL meaning relative to every politician who claims to be one and their very own records. Aside from saving Christmas (oh glory hallelujah!), Rick Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst couldn’t pass any bill that they wanted to push through (oh their “compromise” on redistricting). So, at the behest of his corporate overlords, Rick Perry wants to have mandatory sentencing for 17 year old (life in prison with the possibility of parole) and have another wasteful, porkbarrelling highway bill. Pet projects, and construction companies competing I mean stealing tax payers’ hard earned money will be a number one priority, but hey, FISCAL CONSERVATIVE! That’s our governor, uh hummmm!