This is my final column for Religion News Service, marking my voluntary departure from what used to be called “opinion writing” and what today is called the blogosphere. Here’s why. In my new memoir, “Still Christian,” which I drafted last summer but is just now out, I wrote:Any joy I once had in writing a column about “Christians, Conflict, and Change,” in order to analyze and take stands on various culture-wars issues, has eroded.
Each week in many churches, Christians affirm that they believe in the “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.” Then they leave their sanctuaries and return to the reality of an American church scene that is divided, unholy, politicized, parochial, and unapostolic. The divisions go all the way down. They include every kind of doctrinal point, though many Christians are doctrinally illiterate and could hardly care less about dogma in any case.
Readers: I continue my service as pastor of First Baptist Church of Decatur, a predominantly white Baptist congregation outside Atlanta. When I took the pulpit yesterday, this is the statement that I offered about what happened in Charlottesville this weekend and what it means. I am happy to report that the congregational response was overwhelmingly positive. That says much about the kind of congregation that it is my privilege to serve.
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