In the category of “see, we don’t make up this stuff” comes a two-part series (Part I, Part II) on the Church from the Iowa-flavored Politico-Evangelical blog of radio personality Steve Deace. One of the advantages of his blog is that you pretty much get a grass-roots view not prettified by pretensions or correctness. In this series called What is the Church For?, the author quickly shows where it is headed:
many churches are overlooking important truth necessary for living in our modern culture. I think there are two types of issues churches needs to equip people for. The first are individual issues that all people from all cultures from all time periods face, like pride, lust, greed, idolatry, etc. Then there are issues that entire cultures struggle with as immorality always finds its way in.
In other words, the purpose of the Church is to be a leader in the culture wars, and leading it with the weapons of moralism, worldview, and right-wing politics.
She does at least mention the gospel:
When I look at what the Church stands for today, I see many great teachings. In my own life I have been challenged to look at my shortcomings in areas like humility, looking for God’s purpose in difficult circumstances, and spreading the Gospel. These are great things. But when I read the writings of Paul in the New Testament, he addresses not only these issues, but also issues of culture.
That, folks, is the only mention of the gospel, something which is, apparently, great as far as it goes BUT it doesn’t really get at the more important “issues of culture.” The gospel gets a merely obligatory mention because the author is really itching to spread something else:
One of the most important jobs of the Church is to equip the people to go out into the world and proclaim the truth by giving them a “lens” to look at the culture through a biblical worldview.. . . Simply, the church’s job is to tell the truth about what the Bible says with regard to the current “deceptive philosophies” in our culture so that the people are equipped to support those that courageously stand for truth.
This would be a stark affirmation of what we sometimes see but don’t say for fear of sounding shrill: some Evanglicals have bought into worldview so much that, in some places, it supplants the gospel itself.
But the Church isn’t just about worldview; it’s also about getting out the vote:
it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” Throughout history, the culture war has been fought in the end by bloodshed and war. But God has mercifully handed us a weapon to fight this battle without these horrors. This weapon is our vote.
Noticeably absent from the article What is the Church For? are the Lord’s Supper, baptism, worship, and doctrine. Sorry for nitpicking, but if you ever wonder why some of us have issues with worldview and the politicization of the Church, or blog about Big Worldview, Little Church, remember: it’s not because of a fictional bogeyman in the closet.