Note: Published yesterday, but republished today after I removed it briefly for fear of insulting readers. Then I realized that this is my blog and if readers are offended by my thoughts, they can simply not drop by any more. So consider this post in play.
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Day’s Verse:
Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.
Titus 3:1-2
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I have heard many complaints about the Church, both inside and outside its walls. The church is no longer one of fearless, faithful action; it has become a hive of buzzing social bees, excluding those for whom it was truly founded: “How we have blemished and scarred [the body of Christ] through social neglect and fear of being nonconformists.” In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. says,

The contemporary church is often a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. It is so often the arch-supporter of the status quo. …If the church of today does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authentic ring, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century.

We do not want to be the last embers of a quietly dying religion. What we must do as contemporary Christians is to become as the early church, “not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.” The church is no closer to Christlikeness than it was when King penned his letter in that Birmingham jail. All too often Christians are weak, huddling together for support, mouthing platitudes about freeing Iraqis and spreading democracy when hundreds of thousands die and mumbling phrases of stewardship regarding the wanton widespread destruction of priceless biomes while paying a premium for the oil obtained from those very habitats. This is not the Christianity that Christ preached, and it is not the Christianity that He meant us to follow. The status quo has never been for followers of the Way, yet we have become the loudest proponents of hairbrainedly rejecting the earth-shattering “theory” of evolution and the society-changing discovery of global warming. May God forgive our complacency and light a fire under our well-cushioned butts.

– KF –

5 thoughts on “Nonconformists, Rise Up!

  1. Jesus said absolutely nothing about political action; not even to speak against the institution of salvery. His message is about reconciliation with God and love for people, one on one. Whatever else Christians believe and do should flow from there and cannot fit into one particular ideology or political system. It seems to me that the theory of evoluation IS the status quo–I don’t reject it because I’m hare-brained but because it is, at heart, a Godless theory.

  2. I think that when you and I hear “evolution” we think of two different things. I think of the general process, but you think of the impetus or beginning. My belief on the beginning of the universe is fairly simple: with God, anything is possible. This also applies to the evolution issue. There is strong scientific evidence that organisms do evolve, but there’s zero proof of how the universe began, what started evolution, and so forth. I think God did the starting, that He controls everything, and that without Him nothing is possible.

    But the evidence for the process of evolution is very, very strong.

  3. I had been wondering what your stance on evolution was, Katie, since you are both a scientist and a person of faith, but it can be such a touchy subject that I was afraid to ask. I’m glad there’s room for both in your worldview!

  4. I’m happy to hear it any time, Katie. I am not a religious person, myself, just so you know, but I’m very “live and let live”, and always interested in understanding people better. 🙂

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