Sunday, 8 August 2010
The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience
It's a really difficult balance to get and no matter how hard you try some people will think you're verging on one side or the other.
The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience by Ronald J. Sider is on the legalism side. It's premise is good. It higlights the problem of hypocrisy in the church. In the American Church, divorce rates are higher than secular society, racism is rife, and the people are miserly. We say we have a God of love, generosity and relationships but our lives don't reflect it. No wonder so many people get angry with the way the church's message and life doesn't match.
However, some of his 'solutions' verge on the legalism by making churches 'stricter' and having a period of teaching before become a 'member' of a church (woah, what's with all the inverted commas?). It does paint a beautiful picture of what church as a community should be like but the route seems to focus on rules and regulations.
My dad suggested reading Classic Christianity that has a different take on how to improve the situation, so hopefully I'll be writing about that soon. Sorry that this was a bit of a jargon filled post.