It’s all over the media today, criticisms of Christian fundamentalism and the Christian right. If I didn’t know better I might think that this nation is run by fundamentalists. News reports are saturated with stories about the Christians who are in leadership in the United States, as well as different Christian groups around the country standing up for issues like the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage. The media portrays these groups as if they are the majority, marching in crusade against the evils they perceive in this world. But reality is quite different.
Case in point: If this nation was really run by fundamentalists then there would be no debate about the war in Iraq. The government would approve of exerting all efforts to bring peace to a country that is in unrest. Helping people in need would not be a debated issue. Besides that, the people of this nation would also be on the side of the President, and see the just cause of freedom that is being fought for. But this is not the case. Most of the members of the government as well as the citizens of the United States of America are against the war in Iraq and think we should get out of there before it costs us any more lives.
On another note, one must only look to the churches themselves to see that not only are the fundamentalists not in control, but fundamentalism is fading away completely. Churches are abandoning the words of Scripture for popularity preaching and prosperity gospels. They are pushing out those who stand up for the truth and are instead trying to “get with the times.” Since when has the gospel been preached for popularity? Since when has God changed? The vast majority of the churches in America are not fundamentalist at all, but postmodern and relativistic. The truth changes with each person’s opinion and no one is allowed to say anyone else’s opinion is wrong. What’s wrong with this picture?
I do see one interesting phenomenon when it comes to fundamentalism and the media’s portrayal of it. It is not that the fundamentalists are running America, but despite that they are in fact the minority, they are making the most noise. It is the fundamentalists who are standing up for the Truth, while the liberals and nominals sit back, disbelieving that there is an absolute truth to stand up for in the first place.
There is one thing that I don’t understand about the world’s attack on fundamentalism. When a Christian does not live up to what they claim to believe, they are called a hypocrite, and often Christianity itself is attacked on account of their conduct. But when a Christian does lives up to the standard of what they believe in they are called a fundamentalist, as if that’s a bad thing. What do you want? I sure hope that I live up to the standard that I claim to believe in! I refuse to be a hypocrite in a world of disbelief. Call me a fundamentalist, but that’s better than being a hypocrite any day. I will not shame the name of my Lord for the sake of popularity.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).