June 17, 2005

Danforth on the Christian Right

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 3:38 pm

All I can say is that I wish I had written this, that I were capable of writing this. I wish I could so succinctly and clearly state the objections of moderate and progressive Christians to the Christian right and their involvement in politics.

John Danforth, a Republican, a former Senator and an ordained Episcopal priest has an opinion piece in the NY Times today.

Many conservative Christians approach politics with a certainty that they know God’s truth, and that they can advance the kingdom of God through governmental action. So they have developed a political agenda that they believe advances God’s kingdom, one that includes efforts to “put God back” into the public square and to pass a constitutional amendment intended to protect marriage from the perceived threat of homosexuality.

Moderate Christians are less certain about when and how our beliefs can be translated into statutory form, not because of a lack of faith in God but because of a healthy acknowledgement of the limitations of human beings. Like conservative Christians, we attend church, read the Bible and say our prayers.

But for us, the only absolute standard of behavior is the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves. Repeatedly in the Gospels, we find that the Love Commandment takes precedence when it conflicts with laws. We struggle to follow that commandment as we face the realities of everyday living, and we do not agree that our responsibility to live as Christians can be codified by legislators.

I agree with every word, and encourage you to read it all.

(Hat tip to Jay Martin, martinjg[at]flash[dot]net.)


  1. (Shudders)

    Comment by Matt — June 17, 2005 @ 11:26 pm

  2. Yes and no

    This has some good points I am a Christian Too ? Danforth on the Christian Right BUT

    Trackback by 42 — June 18, 2005 @ 5:13 am

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  4. U.S. Troops are anti-Christian. Proof positive at http://antichristiantroops.blogspot.com. Support only a Christian military, then the frivolous wars will stop. In Jesus’ name.

    Comment by DEAN BERRY -- REAL AMERICAN — June 19, 2005 @ 10:51 am

  5. J. Danforth isn’t related to J. Danforth Quayle, is he?

    Comment by wildwest — June 21, 2005 @ 8:48 am

  6. Good for him. I have been wondering and wondering when more authentic Christians were going to make some waves on these kinds of ideas. Religious extremism is a problem no matter what religion it is. This religious view has integrity and humility.

    Comment by Heidi — August 5, 2005 @ 12:03 pm

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