Politics

Issues and Concerns with the Theology and Practices of the American Evangelical Churches

For many of the last 18 years, I attended or was a member of churches that were part of or could be associated with the American Evangelical movement.  For a lot of that time where I was both spiritually and politically may have kept me from noticing all of these issues and concerns that I now see, they are now very obvious to me.  However, many of them bothered me even then.

At least for much of that time, the churches I was in were not overtly political most of the time.  However, the fact that most or all of the visible and prominent leadership of the American Evangelical movement has seemingly shed the last of its Christian message for one of pure politics, and politics that are opposed to what I can support, and what I believe aligns with the teachings of Christ, I do not foresee my being a regular attendee or member of any church that is part of this movement anytime in the near future.

But politics is far from the only issue I have with the American Evangelical movement – or, I’ll have to admit – the mostly English speaking, white dominated parts of the American Evangelical movement that I’ve been exposed to.  The African/Black and Spanish speaking parts of the American Evangelical Church may have few or none of the features I object to, but I’ve not been exposed to them.

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My Radical Agenda

For a moment, let’s pretend that I’m somehow made, simultaneously, into both the President and the entirety of congress, here are some of the radical ideas I’d have – which probably go to show how far reality has pushed me from my former libertarian-ish views.

  1. Progressive tax reform – reinstate the higher tax brackets starting at either $1,000,000.00 or $10,000,000.00 of income.  Also adjust the corporate tax and capital gains taxes so that corporations are encouraged to invest long term and pay dividends rather than raise their stock prices.
  2. A “basics” package for all U.S. Citizens, including
    • Basic education: PreK – College (4 years)
    • Basic income, paid to all citizens over 16 who are not full time students
    • Basic health insurance: no deductible, pays 80%-100% depending on purpose of visit, choice of appropriate provider (urgent care over ER), etc.
    • Basic access to housing with water and heat.
  3. Massive investment in infrastructure – repair first then maybe a new WPA
  4. Plans to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.  This should include fuels from what would otherwise be waste products, and fuels produced in non-agricultural areas.
  5. Reduction of military involvement in training and direct action in foreign countries.  Retrain them to be ready to perform humanitarian missions, including rescues of persecuted groups.
  6. Ensure that the military has the equipment it needs – but only what it needs, not what congress decides it needs.
  7. A more open immigration system, and an expedited asylum system.  Immigrant parents of US citizens should also get the basics package until their child is independant; by which time they should have had enough time to become naturalized citizens in their own right.