J Walking

J Walking


God, lust, politics, peril – from one who has lived it and failed and learned

posted by J-Walking

Twenty years ago Rev. Gordon MacDonald “fell” when the leader of a large church. His sin was adultery. In commenting on Ted Haggard’s story in one of Christianity’s Today’s blogs he writes:

Ever since the beginning of the Bush administration, I have worried over the tendency of certain Evangelical personalities to go public every time they visited the White House or had a phone conference with an administration official. I know it has wonderful fund-raising capabilities. And I know the temptation to ego-expansion when one feels that he has the ear of the President. But the result is that we are now part of an evangelical movement that is greatly compromised….identified in the eyes of the public as deep in the hip pockets of the Republican party and administration. My own belief? Our movement has been used. There are hints that the movement—once cobbled together by Billy Graham and Harold Ockenga—is beginning to fragment because it is more identified by a political agenda that seems to be failing and less identified by a commitment to Jesus and his kingdom. Like it or not, we are pictured as those who support war, torture, and a go-it-alone (bullying) posture in international relationships. Any of us who travel internationally have tasted the global hostility toward our government and the suspicion that our President’s policies reflect the real tenants of Evangelical faith. And I might add that there is considerable disillusionment on the part of many of our Christian brothers/sisters in other countries who are mystified as to where American evangelicals are in all of this. Our movement may have its Supreme Court appointments, but it may also have compromised its historic center of Biblical faith. Is it time to let the larger public know that some larger-than-life evangelical personalities with radio and TV shows do not speak for all of us?

Please click through and read all of his thoughts.



Advertisement
Comments read comments(3)
post a comment
Crash

posted November 7, 2006 at 1:11 pm


That’s a really great article he wrote. I circulated it last night. Really good points and observations.



report abuse
 

Tenoch

posted November 7, 2006 at 1:52 pm


The overwhelming compassion and support that fundamentalists are offering Haggard is a mirror image of the compassion and support they offered Clinton. Reverend MacDonald, how could it ever occur to you that fundamentalists identify more with a political agenda than a commitment to Jesus’ teachings?



report abuse
 

Glenn

posted November 7, 2006 at 3:32 pm


Jesus said that his kingdom was not of this world. Yet, to look at evangelicals’ political involvement and sometimes even their ministries, you would wonder. Huge posh church campuses and Tony Robbins style preaching would leave the unitiated scratching their head wondering about the connection to Jesus’ teaching. Then you throw in outrageous remarks by Falwell and Robertson and those outside the evangelical subculture are sure that we are misguided whackos.Too bad that we (followers of Christ) have allowed good words like evangelical, church, and Christian to become bad words. The Bible speaks about judgment beginning at the house of God.



report abuse
 

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the beliefnet.com terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to beliefnet.com and may be used by beliefnet.com in accordance with the agreements.



Previous Posts

More blogs to enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting J Walking . This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here is another blog you may also enjoy: Inspiration Report Happy Reading!!!

posted 9:36:25am Jul. 06, 2012 | read full post »

Dancing... or drinking through life
I am not even sure that I know how to do a link anymore. I'm giving it a shot though so, three readers, please forgive me if I mess this up. So Rod Dreher's sister is battling cancer. It is nasty. Their faith is extraordinary. Here's his latest post (I think) There are 8 comments on it. As I scrolle

posted 3:05:22pm Mar. 02, 2010 | read full post »

Back...
I'm back here at JWalking after a bit of time because I just want someplace to record thoughts from time to time. I doubt that many of the thoughts will be political - there are plenty upon plenty of people offering their opinions on everything political and I doubt that I have much to add that will

posted 10:44:56pm Mar. 01, 2010 | read full post »

Learning to tell a story
For the last ten months or so I've been engaged in a completely different world - the world of screenwriting. It began as a writing project - probably the 21st Century version of a yen to write the great American novel - a shot at a screenplay. I knew that I knew nothing about the art but was inspir

posted 8:01:41pm Feb. 28, 2010 | read full post »

And just one more
I have, I think, just one more round of chemo left. When I go through my pill popping regimen tomorrow morning it will be the last time for this particular round of drugs. Twenty-three rounds, it seems, is enough. What comes next? We'll go back to what we did after the surgery. We'll watch and measu

posted 11:38:45pm Nov. 18, 2008 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.