Well, the Church Has a Lobby

P&R is a bit taken aback:

When did my church become a political lobbying group instead of a church?

And I’m not sure that I know the answer in detail, but I’ll take a stab at the answer in general.

The change occurred when the leadership in the church found that relevance to issues of current cultural awareness trumped the relevance of the life, death and resurrection of the Son of God.

In other terms, the leadership believes the past to be confusing (if not terribly misleading) and the future to be beyond understanding. That leaves them with only the present in which to seek justice.


2 thoughts on “Well, the Church Has a Lobby

  1. I think you’re on to something. But I also think part of the trend – and my own denomination is not alone in this – is due to the politicization of academia. Churches are closely tied to academic institutions – colleges, universities, secondary schools – and many of the more left-leaning ones also require seminary degrees from those who would serve as clergy. As you’ve noted elsewhere, academia is a safe haven for those ideas which, when they made contact with reality, failed utterly.

    Many of the clergy and quite a few of those who are professors in the humanities (the common undergraduate degree among clergy) are, while nice, not really all that bright, which makes them particularly susceptible to these failed fantasies. By parrotting these assorted idiocies, they gain the affirmation of those whose admiration they crave (their teachers), fool themselves that they are “relevant”, all while enmeshing themselves in the halls of worldly power. It strokes the ego something fierce.

    Don’t get me wrong – some clergy are brilliant, sharp, incisive. But the vast majority are far more likely to seem like Mr. Collins (from Jane Austen’s PRIDE & PREJUDICE), and, as a clergy friend of mine once said, “Preachers are like fertilizer – spread them around and they do some good, but get them all together (as at a general assembly) and all you have is a pile of s**t.”

    1. An unfortunate reflection on the state of the clergy today, but my own experience would tend to support it.

      I had not considered of the close connection between academia and the pulpit, but it does make sense. Unfortunately, a seminary degree does not a pastor make–no more than a business degree a CEO makes.

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