Friday, December 31, 2004

Obviously important

http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=8-0805073396-0
http://www.arktimes.com/Articles/ArticleViewer.aspx?ArticleID=cd3a8b03-56d6-495b-b40b-46330316a2fc
I'm sympathetic with all these views, but I'm also more cynical. Or at least I think more over-riding is the "depravity of the human condition." I think that prosperity theology (pt) has killed the social gospel (sg) that was important in politics in the past. Bad preachers are making good livings with pt. Throw in phony social issues and victimization and then the money and status, which are the superficial signs of success that our culture idolizes, will roll in. The temptation is obviously too much.
In my estimation our short-term prospects are not so hot because pt appeals to some of the most powerful human desires: wealth, status, security.
But showing up and trying is under-rated. It does make a difference even when we don't win. Power and victory are not the only ways to make the world better.