The Great Divorce: The Church and the GOP

After a long, frustrating courtship with the GOP, Richard Land, then President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention declared, ”The go-along, get-along strategy is dead. ‘No more engagement. We [conservative Christians] want a wedding ring, we want a ceremony, we want a consummation of the marriage.” That was 1998.

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What Would I Have Said Yesterday? Or, Rash-less

Classic irony. For a few weeks, I have weighed in on Pulpit Freedom Sunday. Over the past week I worked through the texts associated with the Proper Reading for Sunday, October 7, 2012 in the Revised Common Lectionary; our program of preaching at Snow Hill. It was also World Communion Sunday.

My choices were to endorse a political candidate for public office, or not. Or, I could point to the way in which gathered around the Table with the Bread and the Cup we celebrate Jesus’ death until he comes with all Christians every where. It seemed an easy choice.

The body would have none of it. My body that is. After nearly two weeks of taking Bactrim post two surgical procedures I succumbed to some of the more severe reactions to the antibiotic. The dizziness and nausea got me yesterday morning. By the evening I had a rash from head to toe. My eyes appeared to swell. Children might have been horrified. Who knows?

Pastors should avoid rash. I do not mean the pink, splotchy kind on my body; though avoiding that is to be preferred. I mean rash as in haste.

On Wednesday we shared our regular Staff Lunch. You do know we are Baptist and that all meetings center around a meal, correct? We chatted about the texts for the Sunday to come. Would there be a connection between the never-ending political provocations, a la Garlow et al, Communion, and the Gospel text from Mark 10 – Jesus’ teaching on marriage? Read More