Born again died again Christians
What are the top five social and ethical issues facing us today? Matt Stone asked this on this blog recently.
One of the things mentioned was torture, and something about that that ought to concern Christians is that in a recent survey in the USA a higher-proportion of churchgoers than non-churchgoers thought that torture was morally and ethically justified.
If the church is a hospital for sinners, then we must expect to find sinners in our churches. We might find people who have tortured others, people who have robbed others, people who have abused others in various ways. We’re all sinners in one way or another.
The problem with the survey, though, is that it shows that people don’t even recognise the sinful act as sinful.
This was highlighted in another blog post I read recently, on the Quo Vadis blog, which deals with this issue, and provides some links to other blog posts on the topic.
As I listened to local radio pundits discuss the release of the torture memos by the administration, and debate the merits of prosecution, a listener called in and began his statement with the words “I’m a born again Christian, but that has nothing to do with my response to this question. Yes, I would torture.”
As St Paul said, the dog returns to its vomit.