“Christian” Boogeymen: Kevin H
Dancing, drinking, going to the movies, playing cards, listening to rock music,….. these among others had been the taboos and boogeymen of many in fundamental/evangelical Christianity.
With the exception of drinking in some circles, most have moved on from these things and no longer obsess about how evil they are and how terrible it is for Christians to participate in them. There has been a maturity in recognizing that while there are concerning elements with each one and any one of them could be abused to a sinful excess, in and of themselves they are not manifestly prohibited by Scripture nor are they inherently evil, and one does not need to get all worked up if a Christian participates in them.
Critical race theory (CRT), social justice, Black Live Matters, anything “woke”,…
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
Maybe fundamental/evangelical Christianity hasn’t matured, rather it has just redirected its fears and anxieties and condemnations. This time the taboos and boogeymen happen to be all political related as fundamental/evangelical Christianity has gotten itself all entangled with partisan and carnal politics.
Just like the original list, all of the items on the new list have concerning elements and can be taken to wrongful excesses. And just like everything on the original lists, these are things which are not outright condemned by Scripture nor are they inherently evil, and even also contain good elements which honor God and his precepts. However, for those who must see everything as black and white, either wholly good or wholly evil, even those things which are not explicitly spelled out in Scripture, sides must be clearly delineated and the “bad” side must be thoroughly condemned.
Some day the American popular evangelical church may come to the recognition and admittance, and corresponding course correction, that Jesus reserved his harshest criticisms for those who professed to be following God yet loved to create all kinds of new rules and taboos and boogeymen beyond what was plainly spelled out in Scripture, and condescended to and condemned those who broke their man-made rules and standards.
Today is obviously not that day. May that day some day come to be.