On Trendy Theology

Whatever the merits of any particular material concern, that material concern is not the gospel. Whether governmental policies are good or bad -- those policies are not the gospel. Regardless of whether any particular social cause is just or unjust, social causes are not the gospel.

The gospel does not consist of mandates regarding economic policy or the celebration of race or of diversity. Nothing about those things brings us closer to God. Whatever the merits of any political or social action, social action cannot overcome our estrangement from God.

When spirit-filled believers pursue such things, that pursuit may or may not be a laudable effect of their spiritual transformation. But no good works of our own are "gospel issues".

"Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve." - Paul the apostle

Paul the apostle, who wrote those words in a letter, wrote a later letter to the very same people in which he talked about how an interest in focusing on externals was at odds with God's kind of reconciliation.  He offered an answer to "those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart."  He said he no longer thought of people in fleshly terms because, in Christ, people are a new creation. That means we're no longer what we were, we're altered, once we come to Jesus.

Race is not a thing in Christ - we're all family now.

Written by

Keith Lowery

Follower of Christ. Husband. Father. Grandfather. Maker. Consumer of Data. Reader of Books. Writer of Code.