Thursday, May 08, 2003
"Mainline" churches aren't: Today's New York Times has an article entitled: "Top Evangelicals Critical of Colleagues Over Islam." I'm not going to go into a great deal of depth on the article itself, except to say that while people like Jerry Falwell and Frankling Graham have said things regarding Islam that are true -- they're not tactful or constructive.
What I am going to take issue with is, in the Times' worldview there are two types of churches -- "mainline" and "conservative."
The Times refers to the National Association of Evangelicals as "conservative" while the National Council of Churches is "mainline." Well, check out this index page of the National Council of Churches member statement on Iraq. If you come up with one that talks about how the war on Iraq is an example of a just war, let me know. These "mainline" denominations uniformly opposed a war that 71 percent of Americans supported.
The fact is, that when it comes to classifying churches, there are conservative ones and liberal ones. There aren't very many in the middle. The Times, however, is so far to the left, that even liberal churches appear to be somewhere in the middle.