Tuesday, July 26, 2005

"I'm a Liberal - and I go to Church!"

E. J. Dionne's latest article is about the Network of Spiritual Progressives. But apparently this conference of Leftist Believers has a number of problems. First of all they were barely able to get 1,200 attendees. Compare that to any Conservative Religious Conference and see what you come up with.

Secondly Dionne suggests that they are a non-inclusive group.
Assuming an authentic commitment to inclusion, spiritual progressives must be willing to leave the door open for those whose world view may differ.

One of my of criticisms of conservative Christianity in particular has been the ease with which they can post a No Vacancy sign for anyone who is not in lockstep with their ideology.

. . . spiritual progressives would do well to learn from history.
It's clear, incidentally, that Dionne doesn't really believe in moral truths that much. I've noticed that when Liberals fail to understand Conservative Christians, this is often the culprit. They can't believe that anybody would be so STUPID as to believe in MORAL ABSOLUTES and STANDARDS.

African American Christians apparently do believe in Moral Absolutes, which explains why only 15 chose to attend this meeting. 15 out of 1,200. The organizing committee must have been overjoyed.

At any rate, I think Liberal Christians will have to eventually consider Matthew 6:24, and decide where they really need to be.

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