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Matthew Pancake

Why is it? Because Conservative Evangelicals are neither conservative, nor evangelical! They have bitten off the last morsel of Cultural foolishness, namely perpetual offendedness, and in the process have sealed their introverted tendencies with a kiss of Satan! It's tawdry, torpid, petty and vindictive and apparently they like it this way. Even their own sins no longer bother them!

But then again... we all have a tendency towards this kind of foolishness.

Edwin

whoa..... this is a new side of you we haven't heard of....

speak the truth man, speak the truth....

Dave

Great post Chris. This 24-hour news-cycle "wall-watching" is nothing more than sensationalism. At no point in the gospel are we told to attack sinners through their pocketbooks, one may onle be reached by allowing the word of God to penetrate their heart. Don't forget though, these are the same people who are endorsing a calling for a Christian exodus of all Christians from public education by 2011. Leave the helpless to secure our own salvation. Great plan guys. Keep up the good work.

Arthur Sido

Interesting post Christ. I am putting together a few thoughts on the topic.

Dave, calling Christian parents to disciple their own children is hardly analogous to ignoring sweatshops.

loop

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/426153260

Here's a petition on the subject.

Dave

Arthur, with all due respect, you seem to be stuck in an adventure of missing the point. Just to entertain you and you piety though, how long did it take Jesus to teach his disciples? Hint: the answer is not 18 years.

cynthia curran

Well, as for child labor, one should pushed companies to hire at least teens or adults, this is the responablity of third world country leaders. How to start a movement in these countries I don't know. Christians didn't become interested in child labor until the 19th century. Going back as far as the middle ages, a lot of children work in the fields under both Roman Catholic Western Europe and the Byzantine Orthodox East.

Roger Saner

Great post, Chris - you raise some questions I care deeply about.

My take on this is that conservative evangelical Americans are stuck in a worldview which is invisible to them, and which is overwhelmingly individualistic. This means that sin can only be seen as something which individuals struggle with, and so when sin happens on a larger scale (like through modern-day slavery or corporate greed) it's largely ignored, not because people don't care about those things, but because they do not have the ability to think larger than the individual in the first place.

And so sin becomes something which is stays at the level of dealing with personal morality (say, abortions) and never asks the question of, "What are we doing to the environment?" It simply does not make sense that, as you say, they "never utter the word “sin” when members of a corporate executive team make a decision that poisons a river or enslaves a child?" CE's seem to have this idea that we can do what we like to the environment, which is a complete misreading of "subdue" when God commanded us to subdue the earth in Genesis.

How do you think that we can widen CE's theological definition of sin to include personal morality, social justice and environmental responsibility, without CE's feeling like they've given in to "liberal theology"?

JamesTE

Our prophets have become O'Reilly, Beck and Hannity. Would we not be better served by Jeremiah, Hosea, and the Apostle Paul?
I'm struck by how much the OT speaks of social justice issues and how little Conservative Evangelicals "get it".

Shawn Meyer

I've said from the pulpit that the AFA "Christmas" petition is totally stupid and misguided (though I support much of AFA's work).

Nevertheless, Dave is utterly clueless. I can hardly conceive of a more foolish and damnable error that to imagine that my kids are called to be rescuers of the teachers in the government school system. How do otherwise sane people absorb such nonsense into their thinking?

Dave

Shawn, with all due respect I must reply to your offensive comments. As a "pastor" do you not teach your congregation to seek & save the lost? Are there never children in your church? Do your children in your congregation receive some sort of disclaimer prior to your "teaching" that the gospel call is not for them? All questions that if you answered you may receive some insight into what I was saying.

Shawn Meyer

Dave, if you think I'm saying we don't witness to children, I wonder what in my comments led you to such a conclusion. The Gospel is for everyone. I happen to think the most effective way to reach children is to reach their parents first. We've had this experiment now for about a half century. How well is it going? And how much longer do we need to see that our kids aren't really making disciples in the government schools? Instead, they are being paganized. The government is making disciples for Darwin and Freud and Marx while we watch from afar and say, "How wonderful that my 7-year-old can be a witness." Give me a break!

As for "social justice" we better be careful that it doesn't become a cliché. It's a scandal that we take our thinking orders from the McLarens among us. Fashionable it is for evangelicals now to decry child labor, etc. Note, however, that part of the reason America is full of brats is because we have no child labor. Must we wonder why the Amish kid speaks to his elders with respect? He's been on a roof with his dad and uncle since he was 11. Maybe if the 16-year-old kid in the drive-through window at McDonalds had gotten up at 5:00AM to milk the cows for the past 8 years, he'd could serve up a #4 with a smile instead of a zombie stare. That's not to endorse oppressive and/or coercive situations in other countries. Ironically, however, most 3rd-world sweatshops are full of people just happy to have jobs. We might resent Wal-Mart shares going up but they don't.

Dan

In the defense of GAP, or any other business; they must produce products at the lowest possible cost in order to be competitive in the world marketplace. Their primary focus is to be profitable. Social justice and protection from fraud is the role of government oversight. Therefore it is highly unfair to go after GAP as the chief evildoer in this case, when the clear failure can be traced to governmental corruption. GAP has since acknowledged taking advantage of this corrupt niche in the labor market, have repented, and taken steps to never let it happen again even though, technically, it is not their primary responsibility. Not a word from the real perpetrator, ie, corrupt government, however. Therein lies the proper target for Conservative Evangelical outrage.

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