I thought I should share an excerpt from the rough draft of an essay that I am working on for one of my seminary classes. In it I am discussing how the Church has allowed ourselves to be labeled and categorized by the American political machine. I think this is one of the major downfalls of Christian involvement in politics.
There has been a definite effect that Christianity has faced by its role in the political realm. The political realm and secular society have labeled and categorized Christians and our beliefs and values according to their political rubric. The sad thing is that not only have Christians allowed this to happen, Christians have embraced it. You may hear the term “I am a conservative Christian” or “I am a liberal Christian” tossed about quite a bit. This has not only caused Christians to label themselves and others, but it has also become a political identity that is used for political expediency by politicians. This fragmentation of the Church by secular society is ultimately harmful to the unity of the body of Christ. It is important that we take these descriptive terms and labels back in order to render them useless and ineffective as a means of division.
The essay is still a work in progress, but I hope it turns out well. This writing papers for seminary thing is something I am not yet accustomed to.
Labels are in reality important, and there are still some conservative Christians in the UK I might add, even among the Anglican. Sadly, the Church has been lead by the society, rather than the Church leading society, as it has many times in the past. This is one of the reasons that good theology is so important. The Church does not reinvent the past historical and doctrinal theology, as much as hone and hopefully sharpen it. This should be the goal anyway. A bit of my two cents, as a “Churchman” myself.
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