Here is a video clip of Strang talking about his decision to back out of the giving a benediction at the DNC convention.
First, I appreciate Strang’s plea for a more holistic outline of pro-life policies. I think the notes he hits in regard to the abuse of war and economic oppression are much needed coming from a Christian perspective.
With that being said, I have to say that I have a big problem with his overall assumption that, because he edits a Christian magazine geared towards the evangelical youth, he somehow feels he can speak for an entire generation of Christians. On more than one occasion in this video clip, Strang claims the authority to sum up the position of “our generation of Christians.” More accurately, he might be representing the kinds of Christians who read his magazine or comment on his forums, but I have some news for Mr. Strang. We all don’t read your magazine and we don’t like it when folks, such as yourself, claim to speak for an entire generation Christians.
This all seems really fishy to me. In the end it worked out because I feel Donald Miller is a fantastic choice. But it doesn’t really ad up. Strang seemed to be ok praying at the event when he thought it was a lower profile appearance. But since he realized that it would be on the main podium, his desire to bring “light to the darkness” wasn’t worth the potential of bad public relations.
I’m reminded of the purity laws of the Pharisees which Jesus lived in public opposition to. He brazenly ignored these kinds of distinctions in order to display love for the “other.” He wasn’t afraid of the fall out for these choices and as a result, he profoundly challenged the divisive assumptions of his day.
For some reason Strang believes that praying with someone or a group of people means that you endorse those individuals and their choices. But prayer, public or private, with others or for others is not an endorsement of our fellow brothers and sisters. It’s an endorsement of God’s work in the lives of us all, be it liberal, conservative, gay, straight, muslims, christians, jews and so on.
Thankfully, Donald Miller understands this:
Why did you choose to accept the invitation?
Somebody calls you and asks you to pray, you do.