Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fundamentalism and Moon Boots

One of the primary reasons why I strongly wish to identify myself with so-called Conservative Evangelicals and less and less with Fundamentalists is their focus on separation. As my good friend, Cory, has summarized their mentality: "It's just you and me, brother, but I'm not so sure about you."

I was listening to Sara Groves yesterday and thought that she expresses poetically what I think the outcome of a separatist mentality breeds:

"To the Moon" by Sara Groves,
from the "Add to the Beauty" CD

It was there in the bulletin
We're leaving soon
After the bake sale to raise funds for fuel
The rocket is ready and we're going to
Take our church to the moon

There'll be no one there to tell us we're odd
No one to change our opinions of God
Just lots of rocks and this dusty sod
Here at our church on the moon

We know our liberties
we know our rights
We know how to fight a very good fight
Just get that last bag there and turn out the light
We're taking our church to the moon
We're taking our church to the moon
We'll be leaving soon

Of course, if you're an astute fellow, you may be inclined to think this posting itself is a bit of hypocritical behavior: He's wishing to separate himself from Separatists because of their insistence on separation.

But I should be clear on this: I do not wish to "separate" from my dear Fundamentalist friends in the sense of ostracizing, rather I'm wishing that if I have to be pigeon-holed into a label, then please don't put the "Fundamentalist" label on me. By God's grace, I'll never abandon my friends in that camp. In the last three years, I've developed friendships with men that I will always be bouncing ideas and questions off of.

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