By Andrew L. Pate, Jr., Th.D.
Choices can be intimidating. For they can be very complex. But Christians must make them, and in "the right Way." Such is our calling.
To discover that "Way" requires us, in the first instance we believe, to dismiss everything blocking us, like world politics and American politics in particular. The individuals involved in these processes have but one controlling purpose, to wield political power. Faith, or its consideration, is secondary to them. So they are not in any way our guides or leaders in Christian decision-making.
So, let us then lay aside not just Trumpism, but also Socialism, Communism, Fascism, and Progressive-ism. These too are "politics." Faith is not their priority.
We cannot stop here with our dismissals, however; we must also do our best to lay aside certain"Christian" positions which, despite their claims, are not accurate faith interpretations. We include here the heretical forms of "evangelical Christianity" and " Christian Liberalism."
Understand. This is not to say that everything advocated by the above-named groups is in Christian error. No--it is to say that they are misguided in serious ways, whatever their positions.
For one, take the"evangelical Christians" who hold staunchly to an anti-abortion position. While their enthusiasm and strength of conviction are admirable, their faith-insight is too narrow and extreme, too seldom inclusive, if at all.
Christian Liberals are no better. They err in the opposite direction, too quick to go with whichever way the wind is blowing.
Most "Christian" opinions that should be shunned by serious Christians are radical to the extreme. excessively passionate, not about Christ, but about their own ability to interpret Christ's teachings for the 21st century. Encountering these extremes, we should tread softly and, when necessary, run from them!
Of course, we too are here attempting to interpret faith in a meaningful way, which requires us, we believe, to travel on a certain path.
First of all, to be Christ-centered always.
For example, in application:: we Christians cannot simply throw away as outdated Jesus' teaching on the sanctity of the male-female union. To take such a radical step would indeed be a radical departure from our historic and biblical faith, into what amounts to a non-Christian position.
Accurate faith interpretations also aim for for the Oneness of humanity and for the unreserved acceptance of all people. These are, let us reaffirm, our "keys" to the kingdom.
One Faith, One Lord, One Father of us All--these stand at the center of our faith as our bulwarks against folly and scandalous behavior.. Without them, we fail.
Where Christ leads, we must follow.
Yes, it is that simple.
Cómo nuestra fe puede guiarnos a través de la locura de un mundo extraño
Por un lado, tomemos a los "cristianos evangélicos" que se aferran firmemente a una posición antiaborto. Si bien el entusiasmo teórico y la fuerza de la convicción son admirables, su visión de la fe es demasiado estrecha y extrema, muy rara vez inclusiva, si es que lo es. Los liberales cristianos no son mejores. Yerran en la dirección opuesta, demasiado rápido para ir con lo que sea el viento. La mayoría de las opiniones "cristianas" que deberían ser rechazadas por los cristianos serios son radicales hasta el extremo. excesivamente apasionados, no acerca de Cristo, sino acerca de su propia capacidad para interpretar las enseñanzas de Cristo para el siglo 21ste. Al encontrarnos con estos extremos, ¡debemos andar suavemente y, cuando sea necesario, huir de ellos!