Local blogger Joe Guarino thinks that I, my congregation and my denomination suffer from some sort of spiritual flaw based on the fact that we support social justice (albeit not in all the same ways and not all to the same extent — any congregation with 3,000+ members will include a broad range of opinions).
His counterfactual assertions aside — I’ve found no evidence that the Presbyterian Church USA has in any way involved itself in political issues to the extent that, say, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints did in lobbying against legalizing gay marriage in California, for example – I get that he disagrees with my political positions and even to some extent with the social-justice philosophy of my congregation and denomination. What I don’t get is why he seems to think there’s something off, wrong or weird about those positions from a Christian standpoint. (Another example.) I tried to address that point in his comments, but more than two weeks after I left my comment, it still hasn’t shown up.
I’ve pondered whether or not to address that issue further here without coming to any decision. Now, I’ve found this blog, which gets at the issue from another direction: by putting real-life conservatives’ words in Jesus’ mouth. (Disclaimer: The title is a little misleading inasmuch as not all of those quoted are deeply involved in the Tea Party movement.)