Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriage is legal perhaps it’s time for Christian fundamentalists and evangelicals to move on to more useful pursuits. Conservative columnist David Brooks has advised putting “aside a culture war that has alienated large parts of three generations from any consideration of religion or belief.”
Instead, Brooks proposed a social conservatism of “people who go into underprivileged areas and form organizations to help nurture stable families … people who build community institutions in places where they are sparse …”
In short, Brooks described a social conservatism that is “more Albert Schweitzer and Dorothy Day than Jerry Falwell and Franklin Graham; more Salvation Army than Moral Majority.”
Christians could reclaim the moral high ground by studying what Jesus actually said; in particular “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matt. 25:40).
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As conservative politicians promise ever larger tax cuts for the rich, recall that Jesus said, “Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matt. 6:24). Instead, apply Christian economics (Acts 2:45).
In following Jesus, remember: Jesus said nothing about abortion, creationism, gay marriage, flags or denying climate change.
Gary L. Bennett, Emmett