The Vision: Three Streams Converge

It’s time to end the hijacking.  It’s time to take back a movement.  It’s time for the get-back-to-the-Bible people to get back to the Bible.

The loud but joyful Jesus Freak of the early 1970’s should have ripened into a gracefully wise adult, no less passionate beneath the softer smile.  There would have been deeper prayer, more listening, and fewer shouts.  We would have discovered at least three steams emerging from a holistic faith: solid, biblical teaching that respects Christianity’s historic creeds; experience in the Holy Spirit; and the pursuit of justice.  Each would have converged and formed a broad, lush river.

But something happened.  The Jesus Freak’s face morphed into an angry political bully.  Spiritual maturity was measured in the voting booth more than in our personal and communal holiness – even though Christ himself defies political stereotypes — and American Evangelical Christianity teetered on the brink of civil religion. Religious leaders even endorsed patently immoral politicians while others preached health and wealth.

At the same time, many avoided hijacker’s grip. Some clung to the evangelical label; others abandoned it while maintaining their back-to-the-Bible theological orthodoxy; many seek bonds with like-minded Eastern Orthodox and Catholic kindred. Whatever the label, they’re tuned in to the biblical call for social and environmental justice and less prone to political manipulation.  They hunger for an integrated faith in which they can row in that river.  They resemble their 19th-century evangelical forebears, who routinely rowed there.

The Alternative Mainstream gives news and commentary on spirituality, culture, and politics through this traditionally orthodox and spiritually vigorous lens — with occasional poetry and autobiography thrown in for fun.  We’re a voice and forum for an integrated, orthodox faith awakening from its slumber.  We also bear in mind that many non-church goers are reading this, and their feed-back and comments are welcome.

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