Provocative commentary on Charlottesville and religion:

Do churches have to be on top of current events and call out every evil reported in the news cycle, or are they already doing that work daily by turning their attention toward "the whole counsel of God"? If they aren't on top of current events, are they inherently racist, or is it merely an opportunity for political activists to "assail the church ... as wicked, or at least impotent, regarding the confrontation of moral evil in their culture."

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lafillefrancaise
lafillefrancaise

I agree, @vegforlife. Frankly, I think that many look to churches as centers for moral teaching, and if they do not outright denounce fascism and bigotry, then they are not living up to their promises.

vegforlife
vegforlife

I wouldn't say that failing to address the event during sermons on Sunday makes a church "white supremacist," but I would imagine that "accepting each other's differences" and "loving thy neighbor" would have been addressed to some degree. However, I would call a church "white supremacist" if they completely ignored comments from their flock denouncing white supremacists and/or neo-nazis.

TPOH
TPOH

Editor

@vegforlife True, no legitimate church could be OK with last weekend's events. The question was more tailored to whether churches specifically spoke to the events of last weekend during last weekend's services. If the pastor didn't sermonize about it last weekend, is he/she at fault for something even if the church addresses the issue of "loving they neighbor" as part of its general practice? Is it fair to call it a "white supremacist" church if it stuck with its regular devotional, and didn't discuss current events (and by extension, politics - the slippery slope of current events for a tax-free religious organization, but that's another topic)?

vegforlife
vegforlife

If churches are the beacon of morality, as they so often claim to be, then they should be unanimously outraged by this past weekend's incidents in Charlottesville. According to the Bible, God created all humans in His image, and if a church does not agree with that, then they cannot claim to be truly "Christian."