Fighting the Religious & Political Prosperity Gospel
Two recent articles highlight the two biggest challenges facing conservative religious voters and the GOP in 2014 and beyond: how to adapt to and influence a culture drifting leftward on social issues, and how to combat the creeping influence of a prosperity centered worldview.
In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, incoming president of the Southern Baptist Conventionâ€™s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Russell Moore, succinctly summarized the demoted status of the Christian Right, noting â€śwe are no longer the moral majority. We are a prophetic minority.â€ť Appropriately, this is a dose of reality with a measure of hope. Conservative Christians, once a dominant force in the culture and GOP politics, now occupy the minority position on key issues: same-sex marriage, same-sex adoption, first trimester abortion rights, and embryonic stem cell funding.
I know of one preacher/missionary who said he hopes that countries closed to Christianity remain so because of these sorts of teaching. While they remain closed a genuine underground church may thrive, but false teachers won't venture there.
The Scripture says that we are "foreigners and sojourners" in any land. The Christian consensus does not exist and we are moving, with a strong downwind, toward a pagan society. This country is the Roman circus to the third power. With that said, today is the day that the LORD hath made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it! We need to live out our faith like Christ's return is soon.