The National Council of Churches' Liberal Ways
John Couretas over at the Acton Institute's PowerBlog has an interesting post today on the National Council of Churches and its fervent support of liberal political causes. Many are quick to criticize evangelical Christian organizations, such as Focus on the Family, for . . . aligning itself with conservative political issues, and often rightly so, but shouldn't the NCC, a group that is supposed to act as a unified voice of Christian denominations of various stripes, be held up to the same scrutiny, if not more? Of course, the NCC is quickly losing influence as more and more orthodox Christian denominations pull out of the organization. (The Antiochian Orthodox Church left last month, and the Orthodox Church in America is now considering a similar move.)
In his post, Couretas links to an article by the Rev. Johannes Jacobse ("United Churches of Castro") that's posted today at FrontPageMagazine.com. In the article, Jacobse takes a detailed look at the NCC's political leanings and its history of offering support to communist regimes. He writes, "The NCC plays a duplicitous game. Its public statements are laced with the language of Christian benevolence but its policies read like a laundry list of hard-Left causes."
Couretas goes on to write in his blog post: "When he was hired to run the NCC in 1999, Rev. Bob Edgar said he had 'no issue' with the group's history. And what is the NCC doing today to further the goal of Christian unity? It is organizing opposition to the Iraq war, camping out with Cindy Sheehan in Crawford, Texas, opposing private Social Security accounts, stumping for the Kyoto protocol, etc., etc."