The postmodern church has abandoned more than its God alone. For it now has abandoned its very people in interest of fleshly desires.
The response to this members church is as follows.
I recently wrote on the unrest in Charlottesville during the Unite The Right event and now the church responded to the members of said event. Much to my surprise, this was futile in pinning what the church would do next. Immediately following the tension in Virginia, the church disavowed the attendees, which was shameful, but not as bad as a recent dialogue among the people.
Writing off believers for differences in politics is shallow as it is, particularly when unified in the sweet salvation of Jesus. What I believe they have missed here is they are the leaders of the Christian people in the current day, and the nature of such a position requires – demands – exaltation of Christ above all. They have turned towards politics as their sort of “back up god” or “marketing ploy” in attempt to appear favorable to non-believers.
Here’s the fact of the matter, identity is intrinsically a group-think, tribalistic and collectivist way of thinking. It is deeply personal and counter intuitive to the libertarian means of politics, which explains why they cannot pass 3-5% of the presidential electoral voting block.
This is how we humans think, though. In terms of group. To pawn this off as “lesser” than politics is anti-human, which explains why the left is so willing to hate particular races to further particular agendas – they already don’t care!
Saying that the group does not matter steals away the value of individual identification. Replacing it with something artificial does not cut it either. Identity politics in social groupings is blamed for the division in politics, as politics is the platform in which people are to:
“…have ideological discussions. Emotions and identity aside.” This, of course, is to say “your pride and passion, your family and your religion… leave it at the door.”
Identity politics is said to no longer further our society, but fragment it. This is inevitable in a multiethnic state, as in it there are many peoples gathering together to “discuss ideas” which will affect their wallets, passions, religions, retirement, children, and ultimately, their legacy in a state to inhabit their children.
When I hear people accept identity politics as real and unavoidable in a multicultural society, they sulk. Saying they will need to “Pick and choose the good identities, sifting out the bad propaganda ones.” Now we have taken one step forward and two steps back. Why is it so hard to accept that there are powers in this Earth that must be considered in furthering the Eternal nation or Christ?
The church needs to take a step back and remember which kingdom they are fighting for. Which God they are to exalt above all else. That in order for them to do so, they must understand this world in its interpretation from its very Creator, and not the trendy ideologies of the current time. The ones that “seem right and fair.”
I personally am taking this mentality to my church in the coming weeks – will you?