Does the Daily Kos still exist? If you’ve read my stuff, you can see I haven’t changed in nearly 9 1/2 years. This is as I posted it on the Daily Kos comment page on the date given…
DailyKos Answer Number 1: July 30, 2006
No “religious left”? That would have been a surprise to Rev. William Sloan Coffin, one of the most prominent liberal clergymen in the last half century, who just died this past April. Has anyone told the Reverend Jesse Jackson or his Rainbow Coalition about this lack of organization? Is the Reverend Al Sharpton aware that he’s been muzzled? Doesn’t the “religious left” take credit for the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement, the environmental movement, LBJ’s “Great Society”, the feminist movement, the gay rights movement, the anti-apartheid movement, the “nuclear freeze” movement, – you get the point, I hope. Have these people or movements been ignored by the media? You know the answer to this – hardly!
The so-called “mainstream” denominations of Christianity (as defined by them) are their own worst enemy when it comes to their loss of membership. At least 100 years ago (or even longer than that, in the cases of Harvard and Yale), many Protestant seminaries followed their Modernist leaders away from the solid rock truth of Biblical Christianity into the morass of relativism. By the 1950’s, this denial of Scriptural authority, which led to the denial of many of the essential truths of the historic faith of the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, infected the Protestant “mainstream” denominations at a deep level of malignancy. The National Council of Churches (hmmm… somehow I don’t think that organization is part of the evil “religious right!) was at its height of power in the ‘50’s. In response to this gutting of so many Christian churches of Biblical Truth, many “fundamentalist” independent churches sprang up. People, craving the “pure milk of the Word of God” (1 Peter 2:2), began leaving these Laodicean Churches (see Revelation, Chapter 3 for details) in large numbers. Nobody forced anybody to go anywhere – Christians went where they could worship Jesus in spirit and in truth.
The Jesus Movement of the late 1960’s and into the ‘70’s (I was a latecomer – I didn’t get into a Bible-believing Church until 1980 at the age of 24) flowed directly out of the bankruptcy of the Hippie Culture – which, by the way, was (and is) very religious. Many newly-freed young people ultimately found only more misery and slavery to the Hippie gods of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. A solid percentage of them found Jesus Christ after all the promises of the “Summer of Love” and “Woodstock” failed to deliver any lasting joy or contentment. Many mega-churches of today arose during this turbulent time in American history. It was a natural step for these new followers of the Lamb to apply their new-found Biblical knowledge to every aspect of their lives, including government and politics – thus, what you term the “religious right”.
Finally, beware of using the story – I believe it’s true, and that’s another problem with the “religious left” – of David and Goliath. You missed the whole point – as most people do. Young David didn’t fight based on some military strategy. He was incensed when he heard Goliath blaspheme the God of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Why was everybody standing around? Someone needs to shut his mouth! Though he tried to put on King Saul’s armor, it didn’t fit, so he went out with no protective gear on at all! David wasn’t rash or stupid, though. He knew very clearly that the battle wasn’t in his own strength; the battle was THE LORD’S. On the human level, Goliath should have destroyed him with very little effort. After all, he has enormous, he was a trained warrior with many years of experience, and he was covered with a lot of defensive gear. But David knew that God was with him, so he fearlessly approached the giant calmly and killed him with a rock from his slingshot that JUST HAPPENED to hit his only vulnerable spot. It’s obvious from the story that GOD directed the rock and gave HIS champion, David, the victory. If you don’t believe me, read the whole thing for yourself in any Bible in First Samuel, Chapter 17.