March 01, 2013
Socialist Gospel?

This from The Caucus slipped past me last week. I should have paid better attention, and it should have been given better play by the Times. If the Evangelicals and the Baptists are dusting off the social gospel and lobbying for it, good things could happen. At the very least the Golden Rule is a welcome change from vaginal probes, gay marriage, and the War on Christmas.

Leaders from some of the nation’s largest and most influential Christian congregations are urging President Obama and members of Congress to end their fiscal brinkmanship and find a way to agree on new revenue and spending cuts that will reduce the deficit while protecting the poorest Americans.

In a public letter, to be released on Monday just days before severe budget cuts are scheduled to go into effect, the groups urge that the fiscal debate be framed in terms of “moral choices.” The letter blames both parties for slowing the country’s economic recovery and risking the possibility that more people will slide into poverty…

Almost 100 pastoral leaders signed the letter, including the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the president of the National Baptist Convention.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 01, 2013 11:10 AM
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They are a bit late to prevent the class war the Republicans are waging.

Posted by: Peter on March 1, 2013 1:13 PM

There is a Christian left you know. You just don't hear about them so much. They scare the mainstream media types.

Posted by: H. on March 1, 2013 4:38 PM

Yes, there is a Christian left, and they scare the mainstream media so much they won't run their PAID ads. You will not see any on TV news or talk shows.

Also, too, there are varieties of Baptists. "American Baptists" are northern, fairly liberal Baptists, a la Roger Williams, the first abolitionist. "Southern Baptists" are the ones who give all Baptists a bad name and who, against their heritage of individual free conscience and separation of church and state, became centralized and officially RWNJs several decades ago. The "National Baptists" mentioned here are the largest denomination of Black Baptists, and what they sign on to typically has little relationship to what the Southern Baptists will.

Posted by: JoyfulA on March 2, 2013 8:21 AM

If memory serves, Jimmy Carter left his Baptist Church in Plains long before he became president to found a new one that would allow Negro members. And in 2009 he severed ties with the Southern Baptist Conference because of its refusal to grant equal rights to women. I have no doubt that he has personally done more good work in Christ's name since he left the White House than any hundred (or thousand) members in good standing of the Southern Baptist Conference. I had not heard of the National Baptists, but I wish them well.

Posted by: Pluma Lashley on March 2, 2013 4:48 PM

Christian left? Oho, yes.

E.g. this from Redding, CA where a group of downtown businesses are on a campaign against panhandling:

http://www.redding.com/news/2013/mar/03/jeff-shellenbarger-help-panhandlers-the-bible-is/

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on March 3, 2013 2:01 PM
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