All that followers of Christ are to be and do rightly flows from God's intentions for human life together, and the fullest revelation of that comes via the life of Christ. The call to imitate Christ is an expression of this reality. Our blog explores the implications of imitating Christ for all aspects of human existence.
Given that, as one writer noted, Rudy's normal sentence construction flows "noun, verb, 9/11," it does seem odd that he has forgotten...well, 9/11. Oh, wait, he meant after 9/11, there were no terrorist attacks under Bush... Wait, those anthrax thingees....the shoe bomber.....hmmmm.
This was the name of a book written by Andrew Sullivan a few years back. In it he argued, essentially, that conservatism had badly lost its way, had become overrun by the ideologues and was, in many ways, no longer really conservatism. This article heads in a similar direction. While I am not a political conservative, I do think we need a vibrant and healthy conservatism to provide the counter voice to progressivism. Both sides will wander badly off course without the dialog the two can spark in their more healthy incarnations. I found these reflections rooted in a desire to see a return to a "healthy" and "not so ideological" version. May he garner some hearers.
I must admit that all this leaves me disquieted. On the one hand, as a Christian, I firmly believe that relationship with God through Jesus is precisely what God intends for us. On the other hand, is this the right way to go about evangelism? or "bearing witness"? Do we really think this is what Jesus had in mind when he called us to "go and make disciples"? Then, of course, there is the issue that, in an age when the popular opinion about Christians is that they are bigoted and unloving, one has to wonder about Hume as representative of the Good News.... I don't know....best I can say is it leaves me disquieted.....
I once commented to a student of mine, something to the effect that when he started to show as much systemic concern for the poor as he did for making sure folks like Bill Gates can make even more, I'd be more likely to take him seriously... The wry grin told me he got the point. Hat tip to Evagrius for pointing out an interesting quote from the late arch-conservative, WF Buckley. Check it out here.