In my mindâ€™s eye, correctly or not, Colson is the Mind and Wallis is the Heart in the argument of a Christianâ€™s moral responsibility in society today. One espouses doctrinal accuracy and the other charitable compassion; one trusts the guiding of the heart and the other the guiding of the intellect. Compassion letâ€™s the heart of God lead the way and intellect looks for safer ground in the immutable Word of God and, in the words of Rudyard Kipling, â€œand never the twain shall meetâ€?.
It isnâ€™t that Chuck Colson is uncaring or that Jim Wallis is intellectually devoid but I will say that Colson is more of an ideologue while Wallis is more pragmaticâ€¦ Funny, you would think the opposite would be true.
It is a question of doing good verses being good. Wallis wants to deal with the hurt that is right here, right now and Colson is digging for the spiritual roots of society’s woes and neither may be getting it “right”.
Hereâ€™s the latest from the boys:
An open letter to Chuck Colson by Jim Wallis
Moral Equivalency: The Religious Left Gets It Wrong, BreakPoint with Charles Colson
The logical and rational have always battled against the emotional and intuitive; at least that is how it seems to me. It is as if these concepts in human behavior are mutually excusive in some way, demanding a person to choose a side; as if we did not all come with some measure and ability to operate in all these states of being.
Some fear emotionalism is overtaking the Christian church today. The thinking is that we judge the veracity of everything based on how it makes us feel and that for something to be understood it must be first experienced. It is an idea that has an underlying assumption that emotions too easily become Pavlovian responses to any given set of circumstances and should not be trusted or given merit. It is almost a subconscious perception that feelings are weak, yielding and easily manipulated generally for nefarious and selfish purposes.
There are yet others who look at the pervasion of the dogmatic, doctrinal and orthodox in the Christian church as a rigid legalism that is not content unless everything can be defined, explained and condensed. This concept assumes that one of the only reasons someone would be attracted to this kind of religion is because they are emotionally stinted, compensating for a lack of relational skills with logic; an ideology that loves being right and correct over all things.
It is almost like the heart is in conflict with the mind and that love is battling against truth in a cancerous war where the body of Christ is attacking itself.
Perhaps, I should elaborate, but my get up and go just got up and went, so I am going to close this post.
What got me thinking like this?
The Postmodern Crackup by Chuck Colson
An Open Letter to Chuck Colson by Brian McLaren
Chuck Colson’s Personal Response
Brian McLaren is apparently one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America, well according to TIME magazine anyways. I dig it, because love reading his stuff… or at least I love listening to other people quote his stuff. I guess with all the hub-bub that it rates a appearance on Larry King Live. Good for you Brian!
If you are like me and missed out on it the first time ’round, shoot on over to dude’s blog “thevoiz” and check out the Brian highlights. Thanks for the clips Aaron.
Think I will go find the whole video and watch it now.
So my Gmail account has gone from 3 invites to 6 to 11 to, now a whopping 50 Invites. Crazy. Well if you want ’em you got ’em. Just leave a comment.
Screen shot from my Gmail interface. Do I even know 50 people geeking enough to want this?
If you have no clue as to what I am talking about, it is the email service that is being offered by Google that is currently in beta testing.
And I cannot stop geeking. After much pressure was applied by my roommate to switch to WordPress, I finally caved. Thanks to Alex King for the template, “Look ma, three columns!” I am so proud.
What’s next, Flickr?
OK, so I tried to upgrade my Movable Type to the latest version, 3.14, in December but the trick is that I really don’t know what I am doing when it comes to this web stuff; I am just not that geekified yet. It got kind a frustrating and I broke some stuf so I laid it down for over a month. I can’t blog during this time but people can see the old posts, so at least it was not completely broken. I feel good today and wanted to blog so I decided to tackle this silly upgrade this afternoon during lunch. There was yet another update for Movable Type that had come out, 3.15, since mid-December so I uploaded it to my site, adjusted some permissions on the cgi scripts and… viola!
It is good to be back!