It will come as no surprise that there are religious groups in our country who wish to impose their own views of morality on us through government coercion. What may surprise you, however, is the political ideology of these theocrats.
We hear much in the media about the so-called “Religious Right,” allegedly a group of homophobic, holier-than-thou zealots who wish to force morality down our throats. What we do not hear about is the Religious Left, a group of religious liberals whose socialist dreams of utopia are far more threatening to liberty, not to mention far less Christian.
The greatest bastion of religious liberalism is the National Council of Churches (NCC), and its close ally, the World Council of Churches (WCC). They are ecumenical coalitions of churches that include the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Episcopal Church, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, among others. Both have an extensive history of support for communist and socialist causes. They long have been friendly to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, despite his suppression of religious liberties. They supported the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua. During the Cold War they were so sympathetic to the Soviet Union that even former WCC president Konrad Raiser has acknowledged that the WCC failed the test of the Cold War.
One the home front as well, the NCC has consistently opposed liberty. The council strongly supported the “Million Mom March,” a march on Washington demanding more gun control laws. They oppose any and all tax cuts, because they feel the American people cannot be trusted to care for the poor without government coercion.
On the other hand, they have little to nothing to say on the topic of abortion. In fact, NCC member the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) had the dubious distinction of becoming the first major church in the U.S. to embrace partial-birth abortion. Apparently, Christian principals only apply when they are in keeping with liberal dogma.
Another leftist “religious” group, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), led by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) stated clerk Clifton Kirkpatrick recently denounced global capitalism. According to them, capitalism is creating “job loss and grinding poverty, an unprecedented rise in crime and violence, ecological degradation, and the spread of HIV/AIDS.” It’s hard to believe that an organization could hold such a ridiculous view. Of course, they will hate any system short of communism, so we should not be surprised.
Predictably, most liberal churches are losing members. This is a result of leadership much more interested in getting President Bush defeated in the upcoming election than spreading the Gospel. The church leaders don’t seem to mind, though. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the church I grew up in, recently re-elected their stated clerk, even though his tenure in office has seen 260,000 Presbyterians bolt. One definition of insanity is to continue doing the same thing, expecting different results. Look for membership losses to continue.
The United Methodist Church includes many members, among them President Bush. Don’t expect him to get much support from the leadership of his church, however. “It is our judgment that some policies advanced by your administration give evidence of the spiritual forces of wickedness that exist in our society today,” read a document signed by 120 Methodist leaders (“Wickedness” is a world rarely used by moral relativists like these leaders. Generally, it is only reserved for Republicans). Mark Tooley, a reform leader within the Methodist Church, had the best response: “Bush is supposedly a bad Christian and a bad Methodist because, like most Methodists, he does not agree with these church officials in their equation of compassion with a large federal welfare state and in their opposition to a strong military defense for America. These United Methodist officials are effectively telling the president he is not a good Christian because his policies do not match their own left-wing beliefs.”
The Episcopal Church recently made headlines by electing an openly gay bishop, a move that could lead to a schism within the church. It is quite ironic that the staunchest opponents of the gay bishop come from the developing world, the people whom liberals claim to love the most. Apparently, these Christians in the developing world did something most religious liberals never have: they read the Bible.
The Religious Left’s leaders have little support, even within the churches they lead. They remain in power largely due to bureaucracies and good old boy networking. They will continue to try to create socialist utopias on earth while attempting to pass off their plans as Godly acts. These attempts to legislate morality will continue to be ignored by the press. In the meantime, their flock will continue to seek refuge in churches that still embrace Christianity. Will these “leaders” ever see the light? We can only pray. After all, all things are possible with God.