As demonstrated by Christianity Today and Russell Moore. Read it here.
Ah, that's my old classmate. Rejoicing that the statue of that reprehensible sinner to be defined by his reprehensible and unforgivable sins of not being as righteous as, well, the good folks at Christianity Todqy and Russell Moore. FWIW, the good deacon and film critic Steven Greydanus apparently loves him some Russell Moore, and sees ol'Russ as the primary voice of modern Evangelical Christianity, given how frequently he bathes in the pool of Moore when it comes to tapping into the mind of the postmodern Evangelical:
The thing that shocks so many, myself included, is the speed which those who once decried the horrors and sin of the modern Left - debauchery, blasphemy, lies, hatred, arrogance, slaughter of the innocent, and complete rejection of the Gospel - are now on that very side.
It isn't even just cozying up to the race hate and prejudice, the tyranny and the oppression, the duplicity and the subterfuge. They're also tossing old time Christian anachronisms like humility, reconciliation, responsibility, forgiveness, and mercy. They completely embrace the multicultural notion that when Robert E. Lee was beating his slaves and laughing at the idea of freeing them, the rest of the world must have lived in a utopian paradise of peace, love and John Lennon songs. Did the world have Jesus? Who gives a flip!
Many of these things you just assumed would still be held by those now in various levels of bed with the Left. After all, even the most hardline liberal Protestant denominations were still honor bound to extend the notion of forgiveness and non-judgmentalism to such reprobates as Lee, Lincoln and Jefferson. After all, refusing to judge was the gateway toward gay rights, trans rights, abortion rights and any other leftwing cause. So what's good for the goose, right? We can point out the sins of those old timers, but we certainly can't judge.
Well not now. We don't need to talk of not judging or being compassionate since most today, and the bulk of youngsters today, think gay sex and transgender boys are as natural as a dog biting a man. To them, the idea that sex is about babies or equality isn't a white supremacist ploy is the man biting the dog.
So no need to prattle on about not judging or forgiving and being merciful and compassionate. The Left can now demand we judge without mercy or humility; we embrace pride in our superiority and hate those reprobate sinners who came before us who had the temerity of not living up to our infallible standards We destroy them and erase them as we should, because it's likely forgiveness and mercy are just tricks of the European colonialist anyway, just like all those other Western values.
And those Christians and Conservatives trying desperately to keep one foot in that old time religion and another two in the Leftist party can only do one thing - and that's jettison those stupid notions of forgiveness, humility, reconciliation or understanding for those who came before. Because that's what the Leftist State now demands. And they obey. In so doing, they keep their corner offices in Manhattan and continue to go to the best parties in Hollywood and on Ivy League campuses. Just as paid representatives of God's clergy have done for eons.
Let's not assume that these figures from the past would necessarily object to a disassociation between their images and what society has become. I can't imagine much of anyone from the 19th century -- white or black, Union or Confederate, Republican or Democrat -- having much desire to keep company with today's "elite", any more than they would want to sup with cannibals.ReplyDelete
At least Russell Moore can bask in the calm assurance that no one will be pulling down any statues of him.
This is true. I'm reminded of John Adams' famous promise about repenting from heaven, and I can't help but think he's doing just that.Delete
But what you said reminds me of Ross Douthat's observation that if you went back to the 1950s, white or black, right or left, religious or not, rich or poor, men or women, most Americans saw America and its heritage as a net positive, even if they disagreed on how to fix various problems. Today, whether or not America should be burned to the ground depends largely on which of various groups you belong to.
Maybe the same discussion was taking place in Sodom about the time Lot arrived, with the new generation wondering if they should burn the city to the ground, they were so offended by their relatively prudish and much less progressive forebears. Maybe they did not decide to burn the city to the ground, but their other decisions achieved the same result all the same.Delete
Makes you wonder. Makes you wonder less when we see how things are unraveling fast nowadays.Delete
I'd be pleased if the Fellowship of St. James cut ties with Moore.ReplyDelete
The thing about Russ is that he was always clever enough to avoid committing. So when Southern Baptists were pushing to sever ecumenical ties with that 'heretical' Catholic Church, I'll be honest I can't recall Russ actually saying he agreed. I can't remember him standing up against it either. But it gives him a free pass to insist there was no end to his love for Catholicism for all his life, even if he kept such love close to his chest in the day. A sort of 'let your maybe be possibly' approach to ministry.Delete
One can not help but compare Lee, who worked hard for reunification after the war, to union Gen. Phil Sheridan, (A "devout" Irish-American Catholic) whose second military career was devoted to the near genocide of Native Americans in the West.ReplyDelete
In fairness, I'm sure the ones seeking to erase Lee will just as happily erase Sheridan or anyone else.Delete
whose second military career was devoted to the near genocide of Native Americans in the West.Delete
There was no genocide, near or far.
A body count and comparative estimated native populations before and after discovery of gold in the West, would probably convince most thinking people that at least near genocide took place.Delete