Kevin’s Conversations: Representing Jesus

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  1. Paige says:

    Thank you Kevin…. many great points…. Jesus said ‘all men will know you are My disciples by their love, one for another”….

  2. JoelG says:

    I’m not usually so “chatty”, but I must comment. Kevin, you make me proud to call myself an Evangelical again. Thank you for this helpful reminder.

    “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

  3. Kevin H says:

    Thanks, Paige & JoelG.

    Paige – As humans with a sin nature, we’re always going to fall short at times for being known for our love. But that’s not an excuse and I believe our current Evangelical culture can do much better. As our society’s culture increasingly becomes more suspect and critical of conservative Christianity, I would hope we can cut back on the wrongful and unnecessary fodder we give them to feed that suspicion and criticality.

    JoelG – Always appreciate when you “chat” here. I’m not a chatty one myself either, although I can get quite long-winded when I write. 🙂

  4. Duane Arnold says:

    Kevin

    Many thanks… a much needed reminder in these difficult times for the Church.

  5. Kevin H says:

    Thanks, Duane.

  6. Jerod says:

    Still clear eyed, no glossing over yet…

    wait a minute…

    Just a sneeze. Phew!

  7. Keith says:

    I appreciate your tone. However, I have found that I have read so many posts similar to this over the last 2-3 years. Posts that are so generalized, post that do not specifically name the generalizations you are referencing. It also seems to me that many peoples discomforts about Christians being involved in “such and such” are simple driven by one preferences and not prohibitions in Scripture. Both conservative and progressive leaning Christians are guilty of these. Just some thoughts

  8. Kevin H says:

    Keith,

    Thanks for the input and you are right it was written in a generalized fashion. I could have written out all the specifics but I’m not ambitious enough to write a book. 🙂

    With that said, I can give you a few more specific examples. When it comes to politics, I think the Religious Right for many years has been guilty at times at prioritizing political ambitions over what is right or just or true, but it has become particularly acute in the Trump presidency. I’ll give you two specific examples. First, here is what James Dobson said during the Clinton presidency:

    “As it turns out, character DOES matter. You can’t run a family, let alone a country, without it. How foolish to believe that a person who lacks honesty and moral integrity is qualified to lead a nation and the world! Nevertheless, our people continue to say that the President is doing a good job even if they don’t respect him personally. Those two positions are fundamentally incompatible.”

    Now in the age of Trump, Dobson will say that some of things Trump has done is wrong, but continues to endorse and support him as President. To the point that right before the election he told his followers that Trump is now a “baby Christian” when there has never been any evidence or known profession of faith of any such thing.

    For a second example, you’ve got Jerry Falwell, Jr. saying that there is nothing Trump could ever do to lose his support and that it may be immoral for Evangelicals to not support him.

    These are two high profile examples, but there are many, many more, both high profile and low profile. Now, the Religious Left can also be just as guilty of very similar things, such as the classic refrain of “I don’t personally approve of abortion, but…….”. So the political trouble goes both ways.

    But my concerns go beyond just politics to the Evangelical and Christian culture as a whole. I won’t spend the time detailing each and every situation, but how incredibly often have churches and leaders and organizations been able to get away with corrupt and abusive and unethical and immoral and disqualifying behavior by the culture choosing to overlook or even justify the behavior? Again in both high profile and low profile situations. Some have eventually been called out but many have survived and continued on while many others still haven’t even seen the light of day as those in the know have managed to keep everything covered up. To name just a few of the more extreme examples, you’ve got Gospel for Asia, Mark Driscoll, James MacDonald, Bill Gothard, and Sovereign Grace.

    When I speak to these problems, I am not meaning to address discomforts or preferences, but rather where immoral and sinful behavior takes place. Most times there is the original immoral or sinful behavior by an individual or organization, and then there is the more widespread immoral and sinful behavior by many others to cover up for or even justify the original bad behavior.

    I hope this “ungeneralizes” things at least a little bit.

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