Monday, June 21, 2004

the Huddle

Two recent events have me wondering about a certain phenomenon I call the 'Christian Huddle'.

Southern Baptist proposal favors home, church schools

The first is the recent inclination of Southern Baptists to remove all their children from public schools [which was not approved]. Now, don't misunderstand me -- I am not against home schooling or Christian schools. I believe that both are wonderful ideas for those with the means and conviction to do so. My argument is against the mandate from church leadership for such an en masse egress. If that were done, where would the 'salt and light' be?

Christian Exodus Website

This one is a little more extreme. This group of believers are 'coordinating the move of thousands of Christians to South Carolina for the express purpose of re-establishing Godly, constitutional government.' Then their purpose is to secede from the Union.

My question is, how do these groups interpret John 17:15: "My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one."


Matthew 5:15-16: "Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."

What are your thoughts?


At 12:51 PM, Blogger The Dawn Treader said...

My $.02 is that Christians have two commissions to obey, the Great Commission and the cultural commission. We were given a mandate, straight from scripture, to cultivate and create culture in Gen 1 and 2. It is still in effect, even though we live in a fallen world. We are to be salt and light, and bring God's standards of truth and righteousness to bear on the institutions of society. Sometimes those institutions are small, like our families. Sometimes they are large, like our government. I don't advocate a theocracy. That is, I am not one of those Christians who advocates taking over government for the purpose of using the power of government to impose Christian doctrine. I am convinced that God set up government as a separate instiution from the church. Government is for the purpose of preserving order, protecting liberty and promoting justice. I am, however, for Christians speaking the truth in the marketplace of ideas when the need arises. Whether that is through blogging, letters to the editor, or over the backyard barbecue. As such, I do not advocate that we create more holy huddles or that we secede from the union and create a Christian state. Let's fulfill our God-given mandate to create culture and shine as lights whereever we can, and do it in a grace oriented way with words seasoned with salt. That's my $.02. Thanks for asking ;-)

At 10:04 PM, Blogger Bert said...

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At 10:05 PM, Blogger Bert said...

Thanks for sharing your viewpoint, sir. Very well said.

At 11:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree. Jesus didn't hide away in a corner teaching the disciples. They emersed themselves in their world and culture to reach people.

At 12:20 AM, Blogger Pastor Mark said...

"Jesus didn't hide away in a corner teaching the disciples" Yes, sometimes he did.
Our children are not adult disciples, but young minds, to be raised up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, not the world. Then they can go out and be salt and light!

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