A lot of American Christians are talking a lot about about rights right now. Some thoughts:
My church doesn’t (currently) mandate masks for unvaccinated, but 95% masked anyway. We limited to 1 brief congregational song at end, had little individually packaged communion elements.
It wasn’t the same as before, but we all accommodated. Out of a spirit of love. We have a standard English & basic English service w/ strong exegetical preaching. We recited the Maasai creed, sang a Kenyan song, & welcomed a Congolese family that just arrived from a refugee camp.
We prayed for those working on the front lines for racial equality and justice, in this country and around the world. This isn’t CRT this is just Christian love. (Though we can learn from things including CRT how to love well, w/ wisdom & prudence.)
This isn’t virtue-signaling, it’s virtue-seeking. Which is biblical. “Traditional.” All of which is to say, I’ve been struck by those who claim to be concerned w/ evangelism & “the witness of the church” who seem to be signaling & cultivating values opposed to basic Chr virtues.
Rights talk has its place, but not at the expense of Chr virtue. Nothing new or profound here, but I’m occasionally asked why I am a Christian given everything I know & have seen.
A big part is that I’m part of a local church that, though far from perfect, strives for goodness, truth, & justice in what we say and do. Nothing negative or dour about it. It’s a place of genuine hospitality & joy.
(Also that first tweet should read doesn’t currently mandate masks for *vaccinated*; the majority are vaccinated and still wear masks).

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