Progressive Christians believe that they have the license to commit false witness provided they do it using approved leftist rhetoric and elite-sponsored catchphrases. For example, an article, Open Letter Against the New Nationalism, by the editors of Commonweal makes more than a few assertions against traditional Christianity.
This “manifesto” claims the mantle of prophetic Christian responsibility is reckless, both in the charges it “sneakily makes” and the “utopian policies” it hints at, without the basic human decency to state them clearly. They suggest that the teachings of the Old Testament are irrelevant because Christ “reversed vast portions” of the Law. They also claim that historical teachings have been fundamentally wrong for over 2000 years concerning morals and political issues and that it is never correct to read Christian morality in such a way that makes human life virtually unlivable. We also learn that Christians “allied” with Trump are “like” Pro-Nazi churchmen and patriotism is nothing more than the love of government.
The purpose of all this rubbish is to use God to push left-wing ideology such as open borders. “Created in the image and likeness of God, all human beings are our neighbors regardless of citizenship status. Cities, states, and nations have borders; the church never does. If the church is not ethnically plural, it is not the church which requires a diversity of tongues out of obedience to the Lord.”
We are to “reject xenophobia and racism” because violence done against the bodies of marginalized people is violence done against the body of Christ. Indifference to the suffering of orphans, refugees, and prisoners is indifference to Jesus Christ and his cross. Where nationalism fears the stranger as a threat to political community, the church welcomes the stranger as necessary for full communion with God.
Then they go for the kill – White supremacist ideology is the work of the anti-Christ.
Basically what they’re saying is that No nation may limit immigration even if the newcomers are openly hostile to its nation’s values and heritage, and likely to persecute native Christians. Obviously, on this reading, pro-life Americans couldn’t limit the influx of pro-abortion voters from south of the border, who put their self-interest ahead of unborn lives. No nation may limit immigration even if the newcomers are openly hostile to its nation’s values and heritage, and likely to persecute native Christians. Obviously, on this reading, pro-life Americans couldn’t limit the influx of pro-abortion voters from south of the border, who put their self-interest ahead of unborn lives.
We just marked the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. Christians in Iraq and Syria, Nigeria and Kenya, are being hunted like animals by Islamist gangs and militias. If government has any purpose at all, it is to stop such persecutions. If citizens have any rights at all, they include making policy to prevent them. But the authors deny that, endorsing a kind of civic pacifism every bit as deadly as any other.
Progressive churches come disguised in a cloak of Christianity. There is still talk of the power of God, Christ’s love and the cross but it is just that – talk. What they teach is that a person’s own world experiences trump what God says and they see the Bible as just a book to be discussed, debated, and “adjusted” to fit their progressive lifestyles. They want to steer us away from the true Word by replacing it with fluff.
God’s Word never changes. “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the Word of our God shall stand for ever.” Ezekiel 40:8
Source: To Stop Christian ‘Deplorables,’ a New Coalition of Christian Insufferables Speaks Out, Pulpit & Pen; Marcion, the Canon, the Law, and the Historical Jesus, EarlyChristianWritings.com