I take the blog space to talk about Religious Fundamentalism, from the Right and the Left, because the Right is tired and the Left is weak. Therefore, there may be a chance for the Center to reoccupy the high ground, if we hurry.
My friend, Ken Coffee, calls himself a fundamentalist with a small "f," because he takes a principled stand on doctrine and a compassionate stand on inclusion. I call myself a Liberal Fundamentalist because it is my mission in life to aggravate every one I can reach. Both of us are trying to say we are the Center and we have been ignored long enough.
Look around you. Nationally, secularly, Texas-wide, religiously, the Right is simply tired. There is no energy, there are no ideas, there is only this dreadful penchant for saying, "We are not as wrong as They are." The Right is running out of People to Push Forward. In 2008, the national GOP ran a Democrat for President and lost in large part to a professed Democrat who out-Republicaned the GOP. The front runner for 2012 has a platform so concise it can be written on the palm of one hand.
The Left is weaker than ever. The great liberalizing wave that swept over Washington two years ago has now given up on health care reform in favor of helping military homosexuals out themselves without fear. Success on this issue will not change your premiums. The remaining energy of this administration is, apparently, to be spent on asking everyone to speak kindly, one to another.
The Right is tired. The Left is weak. A two-party system requires at least one party be functioning at all times. We are not there. This is bad news in a world fraught with peril.
If we cannot look right or left, we will have to turn to the center; in Texas, in baptist life, in America, in secular political life. The Center has some ideas, these days, like "rebuild infrastructure, invest in America, educate our children." The Center has a chance to be heard for the first time in awhile, largely because of weakness on the Left and exhaustion on the Right.
Look straight ahead.
Opinions expressed here are my own, not those of the church I serve or any other person.