According to JD Hall, celebrity pastor Tim Keller is now telling evangelicals, who vote for Republicans in large numbers, that they should also consider getting behind a party that is, in his opinion, “the declared enemy of God.” That would be the Democratic party. Why does Hall consider the Dems the enemy of God? Because “abortion remains the holy blood sacrament of the Democratic Party.” He then quips, “Their inclusion and mandated-celebration of the LGBTQXYZLMNOP agenda leaves us believing the DNC should change their headquarters to Sodom.”
Hall claims that Keller is trying to get evangelicals to believe that both parties are equally as virtuous. Not true, says he. In his piece over at Pulpit & Pen, he explains why, when it comes to politics (or anything else), evangelicals should pay no attention to Tim Keller or, for that matter, all the other Progressive (Social Justice) “Christian”leaders who are attempting to move the Christian Right to the Left. Here’s what he says:
Tim Keller writes in nuanced language. But in his latest column in the New York Times, the incarnation of the intellectual think-tank of the American religious left (as embodied in Tim Keller) has a simple message: Christians shouldn’t vote straight-line Republican. Projecting himself as above politics, the man who has asserted more times than I have fingers that he is greatly influenced by the Frankfurt School of Marxism, wants evangelicals to know that they should vote for both parties, and that both the Democratic National Convention and the Grand Old Party are equally as virtuous. His goal is simple, and that is to get as many evangelicals as possible to vote Democratic in the upcoming 2018 election, shifting the longtime tradition of evangelicals forming a politically conservative voting block.
Keller, who is more a political ideologue than a theologian, gathered several months ago with other Marxists and leftists to strategize on how to pull as many evangelicals to the political left as possible before the next election. We wrote about that in the post, Marxist Brain Trust Gathers at Wheaton to Discuss Moving Evangelicals Left. Any naivety that Keller’s New York Times column is just a simple exhortation for Christians not to be beholden to a single political party (as some claim) should be betrayed by his lifelong allegiance to Marxist theory and his April meeting with evangelicals where they strategized ways to make evangelicals vote Democrat.
Keller writes in the New York Times:
The Bible shows believers as holding important posts in pagan governments — think of Joseph and Daniel in the Old Testament. Christians should be involved politically as a way of loving our neighbors, whether they believe as we do or not. To work for better public schools or for a justice system not weighted against the poor or to end racial segregation requires political engagement. Christians have done these things in the past and should continue to do so.
Of course, there is not an inkling of Scriptural data to suggest that either Daniel or Joseph had any social agenda whatsoever, least of which was working “for better public schools.” And while a justice system should not be weighted toward the rich, it should also not be weighted toward the poor, which is precisely the goal of Marxists like Keller. Regarding our current supposed need to end racial segregation, one wonders exactly what institution in America still lacks integration, except for perhaps jazz music and professional hockey. Of what is Keller speaking?
Nevertheless, while believers can register under a party affiliation and be active in politics, they should not identify the Christian church or faith with a political party as the only Christian one.
While it is true that no single political party is synonymous with the Christian Church and no single political party can claim to exclusively represent Christian values (there are lots of smaller political parties, like the Constitutionalist Party, for example, that purport to have a Judeo-Christian worldview), it is unfair to say that some political parties don’t better represent Christianity than others. While the current POTUS is certainly an adulterer, whore-monger, and a profane man with no semblance of Christianity about him, the reality is that the opposition party is a declared enemy against God and stands starkly opposed to virtually every single issue of importance to evangelicals. There is nothing remotely Christian about the DNC, from platform to politicians. A whole host of Republican politicians may very well be as personally wicked as Democratic politicians (although I doubt it), there is no doubt that one party’s platform is a literal checklist of the things that God detests.