|Are churches graceless and unloving?|
|Ecclesiastical - Cal's Church Blog|
|Written by Calvin Fox|
|Wednesday, 14 October 2009 14:25|
The new Director of the Peace Corps was interviewed recently on a TV talk show. The organization itself has been criticized in the past, but the Director is an impassioned advocate of the work that Peace Corps workers are doing today He gave examples of very worthwhile and projects being done around the world by predominately white, college educated, privileged and idealistic American young adults. More than 165,000 have been involved. In the United States, many of their counterparts are working in AmeriCorps. That is a network of more than 3,000 non-profit organizations, public agencies, and faith-based organizations. More than 70,000 individuals join AmeriCorps each year. There have been more than 400,000 members since 1994.
A week does not go by without my hearing from young adults explaining why they have no use for most churches. It is always the same complaint: as they see it, churches are irrelevant to today's world. They do not engage in community activism and promote social and economic justice, particularly among Poor and marginalized people. As corallary to that, these predominately white, (liberal) college educated, privileged and idealistic young adults fault evangelical churches for being legalistic and judgemental and thus unloving and devoid of grace, which makes these churches hypocritical, because they are not open, welcoming and affirming of all kinds of people, including overt homosexuals, addicts, the homeless and the mentally ill.
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