Friday, July 22, 2005

Progressive Christians: Part I

I haven't been in the blogosphere all that long. When I first started, I had no idea how to find the blogs that I wanted to read. I was frustrated at first, so I began clicking the "Next Blog" button on Blogger. I waded through a lot of advertisements, junk, and even porn. But little by little, I began to find some stuff I wanted to read.

My life has tended toward the political, so I naturally gravitated toward politically based blogs. But what I really care about is Jesus, church, religion, and how those things affect the culture. It took a while to find blogs that captured my interest in these areas, but they are out there.

I discovered something in the blogosphere that I didn't know existed: left wing Christians. These are Christians that have "progressive" politics.

Now, I live in Texas. In fact, the "right" part of Texas, West Texas. There are almost no liberals in West Texas, much less liberal Christians, so forgive me, but I didn't know such a creature actually existed, at least in any quantity. Liberal Christians ... 'scuse me?

Being naturally inquisitive, I began reading blogs where I could identify Christians with a "progressive" slant. Basically, I was trying to figure them out. How could anyone fit into that category? Where could they possibly be coming from? You get the idea.

During the quest, I came across this blog. Zenmomma3 is young, a new Christian from New Orleans, and left leaning. She seemed a bit pensive with her posts and I read her stuff. She linked me to the Christian Alliance for Progress, a left-wing political group acting ostensibly in the name of Jesus. What I would like to do is take a look at this group's words and see if they make sense.

Specifically, Can the values of the left be aligned with what Jesus taught? How can one have values rooted in the ideologies of Karl Marx and make them jive with the tenets of Christianity? I really want to know.

To be sure, this group has some pretty lofty sounding goals. But are these goals, in reality, any different than Democratic Party talking points? Are these folks Christians first and leftist ideologue second, or are they attempting to lure unsuspecting left-leaning new Christians into some sort of feel-good trap?

Here is their mission statement, right off of their website:



The mission of the Christian Alliance for Progress to reclaim Christianity and transform American politics. We advance a renewed, progressive vision of Gospel values and help Americans express this moral vision in how we think, work, and vote.



The mission of the Christian Alliance for Progress is to reclaim Christianity? The implied statement here is that somehow Christianity has been hijacked by the "religious right" in the same way that Islam has been hijacked by the Islamofascists. I am deeply offended by that. I don't see Jim Dobson or any of the rest of the "RR" preaching murder of women and children. Strike One.

The mission of the Christian Alliance for Progress is to ... transform American politics. Much rhetoric expended on this website about the "RR" getting involved in American politics, and yet, that is exactly what is being "preached" here.

"We advance a renewed, progressive vision...."

I've read Marx, Lenin, and others. I found no more disgusting impotent garbage in all of literature. Progressive is a feel-good adjective for communism. Look it up. I'm sorry, but I have a hard time equating the words of my Lord and Savior with Karl Marx. Marx preached an impotent godless state. Jesus preached love of God and one another. There is no equating the two. Strike two.

"...help Americans express this moral vision...."

Moral vision? Being for the sucking out of an about-to-be-born baby's brains is moral vision? Forcing me to cough up tax dollars to butcher the unborn is moral vision?

This group promotes legalized abortion. To their credit, they want to reduce the number of them. But please do not masquerade the promotion of legal murder as something that Jesus would approve of. That's just sick ... and, in my opinion, strike three.

I'm really not sure whether this outfit is for real or is just a Democrat front group whose mission it is to ensnare Christians into voting for "progressives". I don't know at this point. But it should be fun to check it out.

Till next time ...

2 Rant In Reply:

Blogger jayne said...

"uring the quest, I came across this blog. Zenmomma3 is young, a new Christian from New Orleans, and left leaning. She seemed a bit pensive with her posts and I read her stuff. She linked me..."

Ah...my name in lights! Lol...

Saturday, July 23, 2005  
Blogger R&B said...

And why not!?

lol too.

Saturday, July 23, 2005  

Post a Comment

<< Home