Dr. Gleason is against camping, and Democrats, and Obama, and immigrants. Ok I get that, but what exactly does that have to do with the PCA?
I read pastor Gleason’s recent columns(Part 1, 2, & 3) with interest, and I must admit a certain sense of puzzlement. I know that since I’m way up here in Canada, I am a bit out of the loop, PCA wise. But I must admit I really couldn’t follow my brothers line of argument very well at all. And I am not alone. I have heard from a couple of other Canadian TE’s that they got lost as well, when he veered back and forth from issues facing the church, to issues of American politics.
Now I know that local politics is of great interest to, well locals. But to the rest of us, they are slightly less interesting. To say the least.
But what really has me worried was that Dr. Gleason seems to suggest (implicitly, if not explicitly) that all of us in the PCA must join him in a pup tent of uniformity of views. Not just on theology, but on a wide range of issues from, illegal immigration (to the USA, presumably, but perhaps he meant illegal immigration where ever it rears it ugly head?), to US presidential politics, US domestic politics, Oh, and by the way he also has some advice for us all on uniformity of worship styles.
Thanks. But you will excuse me if I defer your advice to a later time. A lot later.
Perhaps Dr. Gleason forgot that the audience that he was (presumably) writing for included people that take no position on American political issues because they are not Americans? And that it would be a bit presumptive for the 100+ Canadian Elders to offer any advice on who American should choose for their next president? Perhaps he was unaware of the many immigrants that make up a growing part of many PCA congregations? Maybe he didn’t realize that some people in the PCA do not share his politics?
Maybe. But then again, maybe not.
I am a bit afraid that Dr. Gleason has a view of the PCA that is smaller geographically, politically, and yes even theologically than it is currently constituted. I do not agree.
I am glad that the PCA is growing to become a truly North American Church. I am encouraged that it is healthy enough to tolerate people with differing political convictions. And yes I am glad that we do not suffer from a uniformity of style or expression of worship. Because TE Gleason’s form of Semper Fi, Texas GOP, Americanism that makes up (at least part) of his “historically informed” worship, just doesn’t travel that well. And although I am proud to share a General Assembly with brothers that a very different from me, please do not ask me to share it with my congregation along with the Gospel.