Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A politician cursed, commentary

Last week I read Alan Rudnick’s opinion piece in Baptist News, A politician cursed. But the selective outrage of many Christians was also obscene.
“Of all of the possible obscenities a Christian could protest, much of the outrage over a single word equates to a kind of selective moral inequality. True, words are important, but Jesus stressed orthopraxy in kingdom priorities – such as care for neighbor, the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized – above superficial, public piety.”
Rudnick’s piece shows that some conservative Christians have their tails in a crack, suddenly outraged over the vulgar speech of U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib after they have been overlooking the vulgar speech of Donald Trump. True enough; but it also exhibits the uncomfortable position that the liberals have put themselves in after exerting so much energy condemning Trump. While she really spoke their minds, they must tell us to ignore the man behind the curtain and think about something else. How about we have genuine public piety and stress Jesus’s kingdom priorities?

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