We aren’t looking too good at the moment folks.
First off the big story surrounds David Barton. The Evangelical author, founder of Wallbuilders (great message conveyed there), and self-proclaimed historian (he holds no advanced degrees in history). Barton has sold millions of books and is a favorite of some conservative political figures such as Glen Beck and Mike Huckabee. Primarily Barton focuses on proving that America is a Christian nation and was founded as such.
His latest book, Jefferson’s Lies, is his attempt to show that Jefferson was not a deist but in fact an Evangelical. This story from NPR covers the issues. It became such an issue that Thomas Nelson, the publisher, pulled the book and stopped printing it.
In Missouri a ballot measure passed that a student at a public school could opt out of an assignment for religious reasons. Unclear how exactly how the measure will be enacted practically, but it received nearly 80% of the vote.
I’m not trying to bash Barton, whose books I haven’t read, or the supporters of this ballot measure that is ambiguous in its enforcement.
I would like to point out how this is playing to those outside the church.
If Christians don’t believe in something they don’t have to accept it.
This further supports the notion that Christians are anti-intellectual. And to be honest both pieces of news made me cringe. Both conversations are taking on an “us vs. them” mentality. We saw this with Chic-Fil-A, we see this in the political climate of today and the last 30 years, and we see this in our local churches as more steps are taken to insulate as opposed to reach out.
Since when is everything a battle?
Have opinions and stick to your convictions but don’t be a jerk about it. Explain to me exactly how the faith of Thomas Jefferson or that a 10th grader doesn’t have to take a test that covers evolution builds the Kingdom?
We have nothing to fear, so how about we act like it.