Monday, April 2, 2012
Christian without compromise
In an ostensibly conciliatory commentary about the need to transcend "partisan divisiveness" and "incivility," Tom Krattenmaker tars conservative Christians engaged in the public square as "evangelical kingmakers," "mean-spirited, truth demolishing," "partisan hacks" who are "fixated on politics." (By significant contrast, an abortion lobbyist is a "fighter for women's reproductive rights.")
Mr. Krattenmaker rightly advocates that even in the barroom-brawl world of politics, Christians should remain Christ-like: charitable, humble, temperate, truthful, forgiving. Yet the Prince of Peace also intriguingly proclaimed that He "did not come to bring peace, but a sword."
Political and faith leaders throughout history such as Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ronald Reagan and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn have fought for social justice and mercy by wielding a sharp-edged separation of good and evil, a clear exposition of truth versus deception. The policy stances our nation takes on issues like abortion, human trafficking, assisted suicide and war accommodate no middle ground or prevarication; such policies lead to either life or death, freedom or slavery for millions of individuals.
Civility in dialogue, yes. Compromise on principle, no.