Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective
Evangelical Christians don’t share their toys. As a result, they don’t play well with others and can change the rules mid-game. Consider prestigious Wheaton College, for example.
This evangelical school requires faculty members to sign a statement acknowledging that truth is revealed by God through Christ. Signing the statement was not enough for political science professor Larycia Hawkins, however.
Professor Hawkins incurred the wrath of evangelicals by saying that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. She also wore a Muslim headpiece in solidarity with Muslims under attack from Donald Trump and Franklin Graham. School officials, calling her views “inconsistent with Wheaton College’s doctrinal convictions,” have started dismissal proceedings against her.
In response, Professor Hawkins stated that “All humans – Muslims, the vulnerable, the oppressed of any ilk – are all my sisters and brothers … I am called by Jesus to walk with them.”
Here’s My Take: While evangelicals want freedom of religious expression for themselves, they don’t always allow it for others. It appears that Jesus has again been overpowered by legalistic “Sadducees.” Nail another one to the cross. (See Part II below)
JESUS AND CHRISTIAN SOLIDARITY (PART II)
Just when you feel hopeless from watching religious people crucify each other, the sun bursts forth and a resurrection takes place. Consider the stand taken recently by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
InterVarsity is an evangelical college ministry that seeks to “bring people to Jesus.” Who would expect that this group would ask members to join in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter, the movement formed to fight anti-Black racism.
“We believe it is important to affirm that God created our Black brothers and sisters. They bear his image. They deserve safety, dignity and respect. InterVarsity believes all lives are sacred,” said InterVarsity interim president, Jim Lundgren, in language similar to that of Professor Hawkins.
Here’s My Take: If Christians begin to understand that faith in Jesus requires solidarity with the poor, the outcast and the discriminated against, maybe there will be fewer crucifixions. Certainly there will be fewer murders.