Andrew Sullivan wrote a compelling piece, The Danger of Knowing You’re on the ‘Right Side of History’, in New York Magazine. Sullivan begins:
“I have to say I was deeply moved by the New York Times op-ed yesterday by an evangelical law professor from Alabama. The piece, by the wonderfully named William S. Brewbaker III, moved me because it was the first genuinely Christian thing I’ve heard an evangelical say about the Roy Moore scandal. It did more than renounce the tribalism that has led so many alleged Christians to back Moore; it presented Christianity, properly understood, as the core alternative to tribalism, as one way out of tribalism’s dead end. Brewbaker’s critical and deeply evangelical point:
To begin with, sin is a problem from which no one is exempt. If God’s love required the suffering and death of the Son of God in order to redeem us, we should not underestimate the consequences of sin in our own lives. The world is not divided into “good people” and “bad people”; to quote St. Paul, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Or, as the Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote, “the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart, and through all human hearts.”
It is thus wrong to attack one’s critics, as Mr. Moore did recently on Twitter, as “the forces of evil” and attribute their questions about serious allegations to “a spiritual battle.””
Sullivan steps back from our myopic hyper-partisan politics and takes a long view of civilization, covering a lot of ground, historically and theologically. This piece is a much-needed breath of fresh air.
2 responses to “A deep breath of fresh air”
Can’t convey (put into words) how/why this Sullivan guy managed to get me to thinking/considering his opinions differently over the past oh, year or so I guess but he has. Maybe it only really sunk in as I watched “a debate” on C-Span whereon he was a participant – I can visualize the guy who was also on his team with Gingrich opposing, can’t say I recall who the female was on Newt’s team. But I do recall Sullivan making the better arguments.
But as you say, “a much needed breath of fresh air.”
Sullivan mentioned a book, “Against the Grain”, on the earliest states and I plan to order that from Amazon and give it a read. It’s 336 pages, so it’s a manageable read for me. I don’t have the energy to read 1,000 page tomes anymore.