Public Theology and What Affects It.
There is a need to continually speak for Christ. There are problems that bedevil this course. As you read this article to the end, some of these problems will be manifest but see The Reformed Conservative.
The British and evangelical church is a cause of the first problem. This is because of lack of devoting needful attention to the construction of public theology. Indeed, there are multitudes of churches that will condemn any public engagements, terming them as non-biblical. This is a view that is itself not biblical. 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.
Such an engagement requires a proper rationale and this is what is lacking but see The Reformed Conservative. This task has been left to the few courageous church organizations who carry it out. Unfortunately, the situation may not change unless there is a paradigm shift. This is the truth, howbeit very worrying.
The situation is not as bad in the US as it is in other parts of the world. This does not, however, imply that there is much to celebrate.
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 fact that there is no clear public-theological framework endangers the entire thing. The complexity of issues are getting clearer by the day. These issues will not suffice to be addressed by a yes/no approach. A yes/no approach will not be useful to address end of life issues. Other complex issues are divorce and capital punishment. Actually, this type of approach is commonly referred to as the Wikipedia-level simplicity.
Many times, Christians will be alerted of specific issues when there are proposed changes to the law. 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. The failure by Christians to participate in public engagements to guard their faith led to the allowing of same-sex marriage since March 2013.
The chore to addressing the issue in depth lies in people recommitting themselves to worship the Lord and to shout when the situation calls for that.