Church pastors often take great care to be non-political as they tend their flocks. Yet, there is a far-right Christian political faction that wields a great deal of influence within the Republican Party. For many well-meaning conservative Believers (with the help of conservative corporate media, a slew of far-right celebrity commentators, and prosperity Gospel preachers), the line between political propaganda and the teachings of Christ have become blurred.
Therefore, I’m happy to report my discovery of a shining Progressive Christian voice that says “stuff that needs to be said.” It’s the voice of John Pavlovitz, youth pastor at the North Raleigh Community Church in North Carolina.
For the sake of balance in Christian spiritual politics, and for your (as Bible teachers like to say) edification, here’s a link to Pavlovitz’s latest blog post…
The Christians Who Defunded Jesus | JohnPavlovitz.com
“The President’s proposed budget and the GOP’s recent maneuvers preceding it, seek to drastically reduce or eliminate funding for programs and services that tend to the urgent needs of our most vulnerable, most on the margins, most threatened citizens—the working poor, the hungry, the homeless, the physically sick, the mentally ill, the disabled, the elderly, those in public housing.
It’s a clear, shameless assault on those Jesus called “the least of these;” the ones he lived in solidarity with while here….”
~ John Pavlovitz
Be aware. Be fair. Be objective.