The Common Good

Blog Posts By Chuck Gutenson

Posted by Chuck Gutenson 2 years 33 weeks ago
“Church folks are just too political!”When people are asked why they have decided to leave the church, this has become an increasingly popular response. And, sadly, it is a particularly popular response for those in the 18-29 year old demographic. That we Christians have allowed ourselves to become too political and too partisan is a major contributor to the decline of the church.Partisanship and its corrosive effects are not a new thing to the culture at large. However, more and more that cultural partisanship is infecting the church and gnawing away at the bonds which are supposed to hold them together. In the process, the church gets hijacked and redeployed for partisan ends, leaving those expecting better from the church disappointed. 
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Posted by Chuck Gutenson 6 years 9 weeks ago
Torture is a moral issue. On Sept. 11-12, 2008, in Atlanta, Georgia, Christians will be sharing their grave concerns over the United States' position on this practice at "A National Summit on Torture: Religious Faith, Torture, and our National Soul." In order to bring this subject to the forefront of the church's dialogue, Sojourners is proud to help sponsor the conference, alongside Mercer University, Evangelicals for Human Rights, and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture -- in [...]
Posted by Chuck Gutenson 6 years 17 weeks ago
In the late summer of 2004, a seminary colleague and I pondered the possibility of another four years of Bush 43. The polls were very close, and it seemed highly possible that we could be faced with four more years of G.W. Bush, coupled with both houses of Congress under the Republicans. My colleague observed ruefully, "Perhaps unified Republican rule would be the best education for the people to see just how much they don't want it." Before I could respond, he added, "Though, I [...]
Posted by Chuck Gutenson 7 years 7 weeks ago
The words of Jesus are unambiguous when it comes to expressing how we are to love each other--we are to love others as we love ourselves. In fact, the paradigmatic, the normative test case for Christian love is love of enemy. In the Sermon on the Mount, for example, Jesus tells us that we are to love our enemies and to do good to them. Surely we can agree that it is exceptionally difficult to see how one can genuinely love the other who is enemy to us at the same time that one is engaged in [...]