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Frederica Mathewes-Green...

Here's a link to part of a Q&A that's in the new issue of Relevant magazine. (As far as I can tell, the whole Q&A isn't available online at the site.) The A's come from Frederica Mathewes-Green, someone whose writing I like and whose Christian perspective I respect, even if it differs from mine at various points.

To whet your appetite, here's a quote from one of her responses:

[M]uch of what Islam hates about America are things that Christians ought to likewise resist: gluttonous consumption, recreational shopping, celebrity culture, trashing of the environment, the trivializing of sex, the sexualizing of children, the killing of unborn children, artificializing women’s bodies, depriving boys and men of a coherent and worthy identity, jingoism, any belief that being “American” takes precedence over membership in the body of Christ.

That's a pretty powerful challenge. The trick, I guess, is to figure out how to offer America a vision for a better society and a better way of life, rather than to simply decry the moral decline in America and express a wish to return to "the good ol' days." A good start would be for individual Christians to witness to their neighbors, with word and deed, the love of Christ in the Gospel, so that when any one or group of us speaks to the wider culture we have earned a hearing. Lord have mercy, and help us [read:me]!

1 comment:

W Sofield said...

Great quote! I'm slightly aware of Mathewes-Green, maybe I should be more proactive.

So many great authors.

G.K. Chesterton...

"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people."