Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Apolitical Churches the Most Political of All?

Russell Moore:
The most self-consciously "apolitical" churches are typically the most political of all. The Southern Presbyterian Church and Baptist churches of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries demanded a "spirituality of the church" that addressed only evangelism and discipleship, not "politics." Of course, they did address politics. When a "simple gospel-preaching" church in 1856 Alabama or 1925 Missisippi calls sinners to repentance for fornicating and gambling but not for slave owning and lynching, that church isn't "apololitical." That church is implicitly blessing the status quo.
—Russell D. Moore, "Evangelical Retreat?" First Things (December 2013): 49.

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