For the Christian Left to claim connection to true Christianity is to deny its leftist tendencies and for them to claim connection to the aims of the political left is to deny its Christianity.
They seem to share more anger for fellow Christians than they do towards evil. And this reality while unexplainable is nevertheless present and growing in influence.
This week I entertained one of the main spokespersons for the movement Dr. Tony Campolo. I asked him directly as to why his new book Letters to a Young Evangelical seemed to have such great disdain for the Christian Right.
He responded, "It's the sense that they come across as judgmental, they come across as being the people who have the whole answer to everything and are not willing to give credulance to any other point of view, and it’s that absolute closed mind set that emerges from that context."
Dr. Campolo went on to complain, as is also reflected in his book, that in the 2004 election cycle, ballot initiatives across 11 states to ratify marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman, "In almost every case in the marriage initiatives the ballot measures were used to deny gays all kinds of other rights." When asked for proof of this assertion, he cited two examples neither of which held weight under even simple scrutiny - and he admitted as much too at least one of them.
Another key figure to this group is Jim Wallis, who preaches the gospel of helping the impoverished wherever he goes. His claim is that this is the single focus issue of his life's work. He and Campolo both do so interestingly enough while complaining that the Christian Right are only a "two issue" focus group - abortion and gays.
Neither is truthfully representing their positions in doing so however. Both are on record opposing the efforts to defend biblical marriage from being redefined. Both viewed the state ballot initiatives as insincere merely meant to gin up an angry evangelical riot in the voting booth. Both have branched out to embrace the false issue of humanity caused global warming. Both also supported the Christian Left's newest star - Rick Warren - in the controversy his stubbornness dug himself into by insisting upon the right to have Barack Obama give advice at Warren's recent AIDS conference.
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