“Open your ears!” Like a parent scolding an inattentive child, Christian ethicist Robin Lovin has a message for a culture — and those seeking to change it — that refuses to hear voices attempting to correct, challenge, or teach. While kids eventually become less distracted or obstinate, it remains to be seen whether wise guides like Lovin can refocus our communal conversations. What’s inspiring is his conviction about the role that Christians and the Church can play in this moment.
Loving is spot on, but the truth is, society has paid attention to organized Christian religion. Whether established denominations, Methodist and Presbyterian for example, or the
Independent evangelical church, that meets in a vacant store front, churches divide and split over things that would bring Christ to tears. And this is not a new trend. Is there a historic denomination that wasn't split over slavery or Earth being the center of the universe. Unfortunately most "christians" are focused on their ideology instead of following Christ. jbl