Thursday, June 23, 2005

Cal Thomas: Advice for Christian Conservatives

Cal Thomas, in his column this week, offers some sound and sobering advice for Christian conservatives concerning our role in contemporary American politics and society. Taking a cue from former Senator and U.N. Ambassador John Danforth's recent New York Times op-ed column (free registration required), Thomas writes, "Christians are limited in what government can do for them and for an earthly agenda."

Thomas goes on to remind us that as Christians we would have . . . greater moral power and influence in society if we would get our own houses in order before preaching to others about their shortcomings. For example, he points out Barna studies that show Christian conservatives are divorcing at the same rate as non-believers, and that children of Christian conservatives are having just as much pre-marital sex as non-Christian children. "Isn't that the principle behind Jesus' story about noticing a speck in the other fellow's eye, while ignoring the beam in one's own eye?" Thomas notes.

Thomas sums up his advice with this:

The primary objective for the Christian should be to seek and to point others toward Jesus, not to political parties and agendas.

The social ills confronting us have not produced our collective indifference to a moral code. They reflect that indifference. Fixing social ills does not begin in the halls of Congress or Supreme Court, but in individual human hearts.

Government can't go there. God can. But if God's servants prefer government to God, or seek to attach God to political parties and earthly agendas, they are doomed to futility.

Hat tip to News! For Christians.


At Thursday, June 23, 2005 7:17:00 AM, Anonymous Alex Samuels said...

The problem with Barna's studies is that he has no way to measure the human heart. In his polls there is always going to be a gap between what people say and what people do. But Cal Thomas' point is well made. The number one priority of Christians should be pointing people to Christ, not to political parties and their agendas. It will only be after people's hearts have changed that the social problems of our country will begin to heal.

At Thursday, June 23, 2005 9:28:00 AM, Anonymous Gr8ful Coach said...

Thanks for posting the Danforth piece, it was a great read. The moderates need to keep coming forward and being part of the discussion.


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