Sunday, October 15, 2006

Why the Christian Right Is Wrong: A Minister's Manifesto for Taking Back Your Faith, Your Flag, Your Future

by Robin Meyers

Ever since late 2004, a speech given by Robin Meyers has been proliferating widely through the Internet, giving this modest Oklahoma minister a mighty bully pulpit for his antiwar message. In Why the Christian Right Is Wrong, Meyers throws down the gauntlet, challenging the Christian Right and the "faith-based Bush administration" to reclaim lost biblical values.

Meyers does a good job enumerating the problems with the current administration, and the co-opted people of the "Christian Right" that have been used to promote despicable policies and actions. I admit have some quibbles with how Meyers arrives at some of his connections - and I don't share his theology on a number of points. But he makes a good case, and offers a plea that needs to be heard by people of faith.

I'm reading another book right now by Greg Boyd, one on the topic of theodicy (look it up) (oh, okay, I'll tell you: " A vindication of God's goodness and justice in the face of the existence of evil.") I'll borrow two phrases from him that I think apply to where Pastor Meyers wants us to go - in the face of evil, we need "the piety of revolt," because as believers we have a "mandate of revolt." .. more to come when I finish that book.