Frank Turk has an interesting post on the dangers of a church that is seeking cultural relevance. Culture is important. Christians are commanded to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. But you know, every thought really means every thought. So, when the “Christian Right” subsumes its Christian identity to its conservative politics, the Church is in trouble.
One area this has proved true is in education. It mystifies me that the Church of Jesus Christ would push to have prayer “returned” to the government school system. It is not so much prayer that I object too (though in principle the government should not be writing our prayers) rather it is the form of prayer the Church whole-heartedly supports… that bothers me.
The Christian Right would like to see us return to a form of godliness, while denying their powerful Head.
I said this elsewhere:
There is only one true God, revealed to us in the person of Jesus Christ and His greatness is unsearchable. However, the church is not trying to get Jesus back into school. The prayer we are trying to get past the plurality police is a prayer to a generic God of questionable power and finite greatness. Like generic beer, this God will do what the heathen wants but it leaves those who are capable of tasting the difference between gall and hops strangely dissatisfied.
I will extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
And on Your wondrous works.