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politics and society are, unfortunately, much the same thing

If the Church doesn’t influence the culture, the culture will influence the Church

What’s going on with the Presbyterian Church? In its 221st General Assembly in June, the PCUSA recently made headlines on a few controversial issues.

In this Janna Brock story, we find the PCUSA sided with the Palestinian narrative, against the state of Israel. As that narrative typically goes, the Palestinians are “oppressed” by Israel.

Presbyterians Choose Islamic Jihad In Divestment From Israel
June 21, 2014 by JANNA BROCK

From The Blaze, Billy Hallowell explains how the PCUSA has sided with the “marriage equality” narrative on the issue of gay marriage.

Will Embracing Gay Marriage Usher in the Death of a Major Christian Denomination? Praise and Outrage Follow Major Decision
June 21, 2014 by Billy Hallowell

On the matter of abortion, the PCUSA voted against a measure that would have the church endorse care for babies born alive after botched attempts at abortions. Thus, the PCUSA elected to NOT condemn the killing of these children who survive an abortion attempt and are then promptly put to death.

Presbyterian Church USA Defeats Motion to Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortion
June 23, 2014 by Steven Ertelt

What is the link between these seemingly disparate issues? The PCUSA has sided with what, in American politics, we would call the Progressive point of view. It would appear that rather than influencing the culture for Christ, the Presbyterian Church has been influenced by our progressively Progressive American culture. And from that result we enter a myriad set of tragedies. I’ll focus on only two in this post.

First, the Progressive left seems to truly reject Biblical standards for anything in life. Progressivism is well known for an attitude of customizable morality. In an environment where Godly principles are rejected what should we expect to see as the result? Scripture tells every man would do what was right in his own eyes. (Judges, Proverbs, etc.) Sandy Simpson has a short piece worth your reading from 2006 titled Every man did that which was right in his own eyes addressing this ever evolving redefinition of morality.

In this kind of environment we find a related issue resulting from rejecting Godly principles: denying sin is sin. When a society is no longer willing to call sin sin it calls good evil, and calls evil good. The prophet Isaiah warned about this upside down morality, and there are many other references as well.

Why connect these points? Two reasons. One, politics and society are, unfortunately, much the same thing. This fact has many implications touching on almost all aspects of life. Have you noticed most political issues these days are treated as MORAL issues? Imagine that, politics and morality infused together. We see this happening everyday because political professionals have learned it’s easier to get things done if we the people can be persuaded to believe the political agenda at hand is an act of compassion or protection. This requires a moral connection between politics and people. And a curious thing happens once that connection is achieved: we stop thinking. Most people know nothing about most important issues, yet we often pretend to be experts on matters once journalists or politicians tell us what we’re supposed to think about them.

This brings us to a second reason. The fact that we often don’t have an opinion on a political issue until we are given one shows how disconnected we are from these events. While there certainly are advantages to having a specialized society there are also disadvantages. American society is increasingly fragmented. We put so much time and effort into what we do there is little time to adequately acquaint ourselves with other aspects of life. We may not be directly affected by a war half way around the world but we are significantly affected by domestic monetary policy, economic regulations, tax laws, bad education agendas, etc. We are very busy in our jobs, while divorce rates rise, teen pregnancy rises, drug abuse, poor educational performance, etc. And this all happens with an increasing hostility toward religion in general (except Islam, for fear of being called a bigot (or for being assaulted)) and Christianity and Judaism in particular.

At the end of the day these complex situations have fairly simple results: a Church that is growing farther from God. Essentially ignoring the political realm of society has become effectively the same as ignoring society in general. Plato is said to have commented on this matter:

The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

But it seems the Church is not immune to this phenomenon no matter how much religious people (especially religious leaders) may try to ignore it. The PCUSA shows us how this cultural corruption can infect the Church. Instead of seeing life and the world as it is, a politically correct, progressive PCUSA has aligned itself against Godly principles, against God’s chosen people Israel, and against life.

This is backwards. And insane. Matt Walsh has a great piece addressing the insanity of our progressive culture. (and many other outstanding posts – check him out) And the situation is not static. Life is not static. Neither is politics. What has happend to the PCUSA is growing in other Christian denominations as well. And what has happend in the PCUSA is not a end in itself, but merely another step along a path. Where does this path lead next?

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