'Common ground with liberals'? That's thin ice for faith groups
Friday, February 8, 2019
Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)
A Christian author and apologist says a group dedicated to advancing Christ-centered higher education was on 'very dangerous ideological ground' when it hosted one of the most pro-abortion Democrats in Congress at a recent conference.
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities invited several speakers to address them at the end of January, among them Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The Democratic leader put on her "faith persona" to address the Christian presidents, administrators, and some students on the issue of immigration.
Pelosi: "My favorite word is 'the word ... the word. And the word was made Christ.' That's my favorite word as I think of all that that implies. At least recognize 'word was made Christ' and Christ is our Savior."
The group gave the Catholic politician an "A" for effort – and they also gave her a pass when she said this about immigrants:
Pelosi: "The large number of the people come through the ports of entry, overwhelmingly. But if they were to cross the border in another place because they are fleeing danger, that's okay too."
When asked why the Council invited Speaker Pelosi, CCCU Vice President Shapri LoMaglio explained it was mostly because she was available – but also because they were anxious to exchange ideas.
"As Christians we believe there's 'small-t' truth in our disciplines and in the things that are kind of in our day-to-day lives and what we're seeking academically," she explained. "But then there's also 'capital-T' Truth. And so we never fear the exploration of small-t truth, because we always rest in our assurance of capital-T Truth."
OneNewsNow asked if Pelosi's extremely strong views regarding the killing of unborn babies via abortion gave them pause. "We're trying to find out every place we can work with someone on something we agree with, even if we disagree with them about everything else," LoMaglio responded.
Christian apologist Dr. Alex McFarland warns that plugging into a relationship with Pelosi and the social justice movement regarding immigration is perilous for faith groups.
"I think that CCCU is on very dangerous ideological ground if they let their guard down and their discernment to think that they can find common ground with liberals," he says. "They want us to come their way, but they will not come our way."
McFarland argues that "the only discussion that Christians could have with Nancy Pelosi at this point would be how to know Christ and have your life changed."
Other speakers at CCCU's 2019 Presidents Conference included U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Barry Black (chaplain of the U.S. Senate), Pastor Miles McPherson of The Rock Church, and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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