Faa ctors Influencing Public Theology
You cannot easily wish away the need to speak for Christ in the public at all times. Despite the fact that this is universally seen as a need, it is still faced with huge problems. Some of the problems will become evident as you read this article to the end.
The British and evangelical church is a cause of the first problem. This has not been able to devote required devotion when it comes to constructing a public theology. Many churches loathe any public engagements since they see them as a distraction for their mission. Indeed, what is biblical is this view itself. It doesn’t represent the truth of the gospel in totality. It is so worrying that many churches will not want to have anything to do with public life since to them, it is sinful.
A major reason for this failure is the lack of a proper rationale for such engagement. This task has been left to the few courageous church organizations who carry it out. Unfortunately, this situation may remain unchanged for long, until there is a change in paradigm. This is a very sad truth.
In the US, the situation is slightly better. However, this is not to say that it is anywhere near where it should be.
It is clear that the people who are actually involved, there is a very dire danger of very simplified response to specific ethical issues. The danger is magnified by the fact that there is no clear public theological framework. Each passing day sees a complexity of the issues and there is, therefore, a need for a theological base. These issues will not suffice to be addressed by a yes/no approach. For instance, end of life challenges cannot be addressed by a yes/no approach. Divorce and capital punishment are the other complex issues. The approach can be referred to as the Wikipedia-level simplicity.
When there are proposed changes to the law, the Christians seem to be then alerted of prevailing issues. Christians may fail to understand that this is not the beginning of anything since many times, such things have been in the population for decades. This can be seen in the fact that people will think that Christians lost the battle for same-sex marriage in March 2013 when they actually lost it since the 1960s. The Christian framework that existed in law was continually challenged since the 1960s. Same-sex marriage came as a result by Christians to fail to participate in public engagements so as to ensure that they protect their faith in the proper public engagements.
It is needful to understand that the situation will be effectively addressed if the Christians give themselves more to worshipping God and also shout when it is needful.