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Tuesday, January 11, 2005  

Killer Mediocrity?

The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience
Why don't Christians live what they preach?
By Ronald J. Sider

Then the pollsters started conducting scientific polls of the general population. In spite of the renewal movement's proud claims to miraculous transformation, the polls showed that members of the movement divorced their spouses just as often as their secular neighbors. They beat their wives as often as their neighbors. They were almost as materialistic and even more racist than their pagan friends. The hard-core skeptics smiled in cynical amusement at this blatant hypocrisy. The general population was puzzled and disgusted. Many of the renewal movement's leaders simply stepped up the tempo of their now enormously successful, highly sophisticated promotional programs. Others wept.

This fits with James Webb's book: Born Fighting: How the Scots Irish Shaped America

Christianity has always been a religion of average people of mediocre practice. That some folks are disturbed by that is actually funny. It just happens that Christian mediocrity has changed the world in ways that is better than anybody else's mediocrity.

The article at CT deserves sober reflection, but not really the kind of hand wringing it indulges in. A sad fact is that ministers (like priests) are simply not preaching about Sin, what it does to the soul, how to avoid, and to condemn it. It would offend too many people, and so morality is no longer preached.

I also think that the crying about the poor and how we are never doing enough for them is a bit much. Charity (in its present sense) is not the answer to poverty and concerned Christians should know that by now.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 7:44 PM |