Friday, June 12, 2009

Politics 101: The "Christian Left?"

Recently, a conservative blogger is on some sort of "crusade" against the Christian Left for some reason.

He has called them hypocrites because some of them proclaim that the Christian Right needs to stay out of politics while getting involved in politics themselves. Okay, that is kind of hypocritical but it is a generalization. Not everyone in the Christian Left is going around conservative bashing.

He has claimed a particular member of the Christian Left is condemning other Christians for focusing too much on politics and less of the message of Christ. The Christian in question is a preacher by the name of Keith Giles. As I have stated in my previous posts (there are too many to bother listing, just see if you can muddle through them all at this site) I agree with Mr. Giles. I think many Christians are entirely too focused on politics to an extent where they preach them from the pulpit. That is wrong in my opinion. I don't think it is the job of a preacher to stand in front of his congregation and talk about his own political views. He has a job to do and that is not it.

I think it is wrong when the Christian right does it. And I think it is equally wrong when the Christian left does it.

But what is this thing called the Christian left?

I thought I would lay out some really basic stuff about the Christian left. You can discern amongst this stuff and determine if you think what they have to say is in line with Jesus' teachings or not. You can read more in detail about the Christian left at Wiki here.

The Christian left is a term used to describe left-wing Christians that are largely concerned with social justice. Hey, I like social justice. I guess that makes me Christian left.

Let me get more specific. What is social justice? Social justice refers to things like caring for the poor (oh the nerve!).

The Christian left is not as well organized as the Christian right however. In my opinion, I think they like it that way.

Even so, there one group that is worthy of noting. The Center for Progressive Christianity.

Here is a quote from the official website of the The Center for Progressive Christianity:

"We promote an understanding of Christian practice and teaching that leads to a greater concern for the way people treat each other than for the way people express their beliefs.."

Well, those communist swine! How dare they promote greater concern for people. They should all be taken out and shot! @@

Members of the Christian left consider it their Christian duty to act on what they believe to be at the core of their belief and that is social justice.

The Christian left, however, does NOT think that socialism is the be all end all solution to the problems related to social justice. Not all of them that is.

Another term I found interesting that is related is Christian communism.

This is the idea that the teachings of Jesus support communism as the ideal social system. They assert that the first Christians created small commune-type societies. They do not all agree with Marxism (which as I have said multiple times isn't really pure communism anyway). Most Marxist are atheists.

Here is one of the verses from the New Testament that they cite as evidence:

"And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in break of bread and in prayers. And all that believed were together and had all things in common. And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need." -- Acts 2:42,-45

Well! Those leftist pink scumbags. Giving away all their stuff so that everyone has equal shares. How dare they! Oh wait, uhm....these were the first Christians. Hmm....seems like something we might want to emulate, don't you think?

Here is another quote:

"All the believers were united in heard and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had........There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need...." -- Acts 4:32-35

Wow. I should be ashamed of myself for wanting social justice. The early Christians would have never thought of helping out the poor. No! That might be something Christ might have done! @@

So you see, all this bashing the Christian left and yelling "Communist!" or "leftist!" anytime someone brings up the idea of social justice makes them the biggest hypocrites of all.

Personally, I think the reason that there are people out their bashing the Christian left is because they are too blinded by their own capitalist viewpoints that it is almost as if Capitalism is their new god. Their new religion. I am just generalizing here. I know that there are conservatives out there also that believe in social justice. But from what I have seen lately, I am thinking there are fewer and fewer of them.


  1. If you had taken the time to read the post you are referring to in it's entirety, I explained in great detail (much to the compliments of Okie lefty dave himself) what the New Christian Left is all about, why they organized and what their agenda is... It's not my fault Woody Guthrie and others saw a good fit between Communism and Religion...

    Sure... blame the messenger and ignore the message. lol

  2. I did read the post Red.

    I am blaming the messenger because the messenger is biased.

    It seems to me that anything that does not fit your conservative mold, be it politics or theology, you think is completely wrong and evil.

    That is not the case. The Christian left is not some organization that is out to get you.

  3. “…I explained in great detail (much to the compliments of Okie lefty dave himself) what the New Christian Left is all about…”

    Red S Tater say what? What did I do?

  4. lol... back when I wrote the piece on the "New Christianism"... Woody Guthrie and the new Christian left that evolved after the 2000 and 04 elections... you complimented me in my comments section for putting together what I think you termed clear concise points without sarcasm.

    No big deal... however you didn't say you agreed with the post.

  5. Oh…I remember that now. That was a good post.

    Sadly when I wrote this comment, I had totally read your comment differently. teehee