Meeting Eric Metaxas
Socrates in the City founder, Eric Metaxas, isn’t a typical Christian fundamentalist. Socrates in the City certainly includes a curious range of past speakers. But then, Metaxas himself makes some odd statements:
‘I am a conservative Christian … even more important, I’m an American…’
‘Being a Christian always comes first…’ [explains the above comment].
‘America exists for the world.’ [No national chauvinism there, people]!
‘A beacon of liberty to the whole world…’ [See preceding comment]!
‘If Hillary Clinton is elected, I do not believe we’ll get a second chance.’
The brave can play the video.
Weighing Metaxas’ Screed
From my perspective, one of the most irritating features of ‘Christian’ political discussion is its assumption of false premises. Since the premises are false, discourse cannot help even if the logic is impeccable [which it seldom is]. As I see it, such ‘Christian’ political discourse/action is sub-christian in nature as well as effect. It certainly is devastating to Christian witness to anyone who is actually aware of public issues.
For example: the Democrats — working hard at achieving open borders? How does one begin to square this with highest ever deportation figures which occurred under the Obama administration? The church I frequent has a member who is an immigration lawyer [maybe soon, a judge]. This woman is highly intelligent and very well informed on refugee issues and immigration issues. She is also a deeply, committed Christian. Knowing what she does, how is she supposed to reply to the ‘open borders’ line?
Discussing his assertion is impossible since the premise is incorrect. And while my friend would set him very straight very quickly, not all believers have her intellectual capacity or experience in this area.
Also, am I the only one to sense that to support Donald Trump, you must invariably talk like Donald Trump? Suddenly, misogyny, bigotry, racism, swindling or corruption either become politically fabricated lies, or else they simply don’t matter for election purposes.
I must ask whether Eric’s politicized religion prostitutes Jesus’ body by making it a mirror reflection of the world. The apocalypse has multiple calls to repent for worldly behavior. Are there any grounds for exempting current behavior from those calls, together with the attending warnings?
‘“…repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth”’ [Re 2:16].
Whatever Metaxas’ church or sectarian affiliation, he speaks a political line that would resonate very effectively with many IFBs.
Eric Metaxas doesn’t mention that beside any Christians, some founders were deists. Nor does he consider that his faith and public order idea might support Marx’ dictum that religion is the opiate of the people [in the sense that the church served to direct the proletariat [working class] to support the state [politics] in God’s sacred Name as their Christian duty.
Balanced Coverage, Right?
For any Fundie lurkers about, this in no wise constitutes an endorsement of Hillary Clinton, who explains why the rich should rule. Also note the corruption revealed by Senator Clinton’s emails, and the baseness of this campaign as a whole. That these critiques come from the far left show that Senator Clinton is in no wise a ‘socialist’ or ‘Marxist’ or communist.
Where is Christ in This?
In fact a critical point not mentioned by anyone is that this entire campaign displays the utter bankruptcy of our US political parties and the entire political class. Why confessing Christians of all people endow the powers and principalities of this age with redemptive import, and then insist that we buy into them is beyond me.