Tuesday, June 30, 2015

David Brooks to Social Conservatives: Become the Christian Left, Instead.

David Brooks recommends that Christian conservatives give up on a losing culture war about sex.

Instead, he proposes this:

The defining face of social conservatism could be this: Those are the people who go into underprivileged areas and form organizations to help nurture stable families. Those are the people who build community institutions in places where they are sparse. Those are the people who can help us think about how economic joblessness and spiritual poverty reinforce each other. Those are the people who converse with us about the transcendent in everyday life.

In other words, the Christian right should instead join the Christian left.

I mostly agree with this sentiment.  However, there is a division between Christian left and Christian right in the first place because they disagree about whether the first priority of Christians should be the economic order or the sexual order.

1 comment:

Mac said...

Hold on to your hat, Professor. I, too, mostly agree with this sentiment. I think too many people believe that it isn't mission unless you have to cross an ocean. However, I think the division between Christian left and Christian right is that the left wants government to do the job (with no Christian witness) while the right would be more willing to jump in if this effort could be truly Christian in its work--including bringing members of the community to the Good News by reinvigorating the Church in those communities to help nurture stable families and build the Church as a strong community institution.