Sunday, June 18, 2006

Reason to worry about the Christian Coalition

This movement was essentially a white movement, without respect to the perspective of the Afro-American church. Consider the following:
The Christian Coalition arose against Jimmy Carter, the only President who had a Bible class before being elected President and who returned to his Bible class afterward. He was abandoned by the "Christian Coalition" for this reason: [according to Ralph Reed:] "The greatest spark of the movement was not abortion but an attempt by the Carter-appointed head of the Internal Revenue Service to require Christian and parochial schools and academies to prove that they were not established to preserve segregation or they would risk losing their tax-exampt status. ... For conservative evangelicals it was nothing less than a declaration of war on their schools, their churches, and their children. More than any other single episode, the IRS move against Christian schools sparked the explosion of the movement that would become known as the religious right." [Active Faith, p. 105]

Compare the Christianity of the Bible. "Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all." {Colossians 3:11}

No comments: