Editorial: Capitulation to Culture

The oft-heard allegation by Conservatives, that Progressives are the ones who have capitulated to culture, can never be more than a half truth.  And when left unchallenged, it is a lie allowed to masquerade as the whole truth. 

But the truth is, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).  Conservative Christians have capitulated to culture too, through their self-serving associations with the political system in Washington, the creation of Super PACS and lobbyist groups, their dark-money anonymous groups (like the one that met in Orlando a couple of months ago), and their economic associations and benefits from Wall Street and a corporate America that is glaringly too greedy and insufficiently accountable (and contributive) to be viewed as holding a Christian ethic in society. 

So, for God’s sake–let’s be done with one-sided stereotyping, and try to figure out how sinners saved by grace (all Christians, not just one brand) can cleanse our hearts from capitulation to culture.  Until then, the Pharisee’s prayer, “I thank you that I am not like other people” will keep whoever prays it in a state of capitulation, preventing us from praying what Jesus told us to pray:  “deliver us from evil.”

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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