Ron grew up as one of just a few black children in a mostly white community in Northeastern Ohio. He grew up in the days of segregation. Where, if you were black, you couldn’t go into the local drug store and sit at the soda fountain to get a milkshake.
Or to drink from the same public water fountain as whites. And, of course, a whole lot of other nonsense.
I was too young to see Ron navigate through the Civil Rights Era in our home town, since I was about 10 years younger than him. But we eventually got to know each other a year or so after I became a Christian.
We became very close over years. He was a great friend and brother in the Lord. We went most everywhere together. He was one of the best friends I’ve ever had in my life.
And he had a whole bucket full of “black sayings” that he would pull out and use depending on the situations we were in.
A Critter in a Bag
When sometimes would find ourselves in a situation where someone was trying to control us; like some pastor or other church leader. Ron would say they they were trying to put us in “a trick bag.”
Which was what a trapper would use to put a opossum, a racoon, or some other critter; putting them in a canvas bag. Basically trapping them. To eventually put them in a cage or worse.
Well, it seems like that is what’s happening to Christians and Conservatives right now.
The powers that be are trying to hedge us in. To reel us in and herd us in. Like cattle.
And, the church seems to be OK with that!
Even church leadership seems content to move us all toward the Moderate camp politically.
And Christians are basically being told to shut up about their political views. They are being told what to say. And what not to say.
The Safe Place Church
It seems as if the Safe Place philosophy is spreading into the church.
As the Cancel Culture that is rampant in the universities say, “Don’t tell us about your Conservatism. Don’t talk about Trump. Don’t take a firm position on political matters. Don’t offend us with the views we don’t like.”
As a result, a weenie generation of believers is developing. To cater to this mentality. To appease the culture.
Evangelicals are becoming people without convictions. Hiding behind a false concept of what being a Christian means. Hiding behind some vague idea of following Jesus.
There is a growing mentality among Christians taking a minimalist view of the gospel. Keeping everything very simple. Very unspecific. Not nailing down any biblical truth. And avoiding the divisiveness of solid doctrine.
But, is this really what it means to follow Jesus? Or are they following someone else? Or something else>
Such as the Gospel Coalition and the whole Christian Progressive movement.
All these folks are talking about Jesus. Talking about Love. Talking about kindness. Talking about doing Justice.
There’s a whole lot of talk going on without any real biblical truth. Lots of people acting nice with no real doctrinal soundness.
Which looks a lot like people fashioning a hollow idol based on a Humanist, passivist, Progressive concept of Christianity.
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