Cultural Revolutions

A Lot to Be Desired

As an orthodox Bible-believing Christian, I find that much of what is said by the so-called "religious right" and "religious left"—to put it charitably—leaves a lot to be desired and is, ironically, un-Christian. This summer, on NBC's Today program, the head of the Christian Coalition, Ralph Reed, said: "What we're trying to do is not legislate our religious beliefs—which are personal and private. We're trying to legislate our public policy views: tougher laws against crime and drugs, school choice, a balanced budget amendment, the right of kids to pray, protection of unborn life. These are public policy views."

This is not true. Christians ought to denounce this glib private/public dichotomy. Every "public policy view" of a Christian ought to be based on his or her religion, and Christians must honestly and openly admit this. After all, none other than the Lord Jesus Christ commands us, in Matthew 5:37: "But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nav, nay: for whatsoever is more than these Cometh of evil." The last thing we need in our political process is more people speaking double-talk, fluent gibberish, about their real goals. I mean, if you can't trust a Christian to tell the truth, whom can you trust?

Indeed, Christians should welcome the charge that they are seeking to "impose" their views, and they should use this...

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