With the churches in a coma when it comes to teaching the Bible, American Christians have collected some pretty funny ideas about theology. These may be described as Pop Christianity, as distinct from the real thing propounded in the Bible. Here are three of its major tenets.
1. If Jesus didn’t explicitly say it was wrong, it must be all right. This is the fallback position for liberals in the Church to excuse their espousal of sodomy: Jesus never gave a sermon against it. He didn’t explicitly condemn pedophilia, drunk driving, or voter fraud, either. But it’s a great excuse for supporting something that the Bible calls abomination.
2. Judge not. Never, never, never! Especially do not judge prominent “progressives” and their policies, notorious perverts, morality-less celebrities, or anybody who says God’s Word is poobah. This precept is based on two words lifted from one verse (Matthew 5:25) and used to cancel out the whole rest of the Bible. But really, it’s not inexcusably self-righteous to judge Jerry Sandusky or the U. S. Senate.
3. Our beliefs must conform to Science. All the stuff in the Bible that jars with Big Science dogmas like Evolution, the Big Bang, or whatever–that Bible content must either be totally ignored, or else dismissed as “poetry” or “just a figure of speech” (making it confusing to keep track of the real poetry and real figurative language in the Bible). This is to make the pronouncements of sinful mortals in lab coats a higher standard of truth than God’s own Word.
These are the Big Three of Pop Christianity, and very much responsible for our country being the way it is. It has rushed into the vacuum created by the negligence of churches.
Go ahead: quiz your pastor, and see how much of this pop pablum has crept into his theology.