Something happened in November of 2016 that will mark a historical change in the Christian faith. I would argue that God and Politics got officially entwined, and the question we’re asking essentially boils down to: what is morality?
This question used to be answerable by saying “God” or “I’m a Christian” or wearing a good ole WWJD bracelet. With these answers or bracelets, the wearer was aligning with the side of God, which meant they held certain core beliefs. These beliefs were Biblically based, and centered around attributes. Galatians 5:22-23 laid out the Fruits of Spirit as: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. They were woven into the fabric of Christianity, and were basic assumptions of the faith.
This has changed.
There are many reasons for this, but little of it is talked about in productive ways. Science has changed, and many Christians have opposed it. Oppression has become much easier to see and deal with, but many Christians deny it. But even more important - or maybe worse - our nation claims to be a Christian Nation yet acts very much in our own self interest. We make policies that benefit the rich, we do not look out for the poor, widow, or foreigner. Rather than help, we blame the poor and make it very hard for them to advance. We have laws in place that lock people in cages, and a legal system that favors the rich. Much of this is done by Christian lawmakers, or those voted in by Christian people.
Which, again, is a problem. Voting for your own self interests is just fine, it’s doing so in the name of God that is a problem. This series is an attempt to make us think about what it means to be Christians in America, to love the God, the Earth, and our fellow citizens.