Ron Sider’S Threat
Tim Stafford’s analysis [“Ron Sider’s Unsettling Crusade,” April 27] of why Ron Sider’s message is so unsettling to evangelicals was interesting. I think many conservative, evangelical Christians find Sider unsettling for the same reasons they support conservatives over liberals or Republicans over Democrats: they are protecting their own middle-and upper-class wealth and whiteness. This was never more obvious than with evangelicals who supported Reagan over Carter.
Evangelicals find Sider unsettling because he threatens this same self-interest by applying the Bible where it hurts: to their pocketbooks and to their racially insulated society.
J. Bruce Kilmer
Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
So, now we’re going to fix the world? How shall a church in retreat amass the enormous staff and billions of dollars to fix the world? Some may wish her to return to her old habit of dalliance with government. But the price of harlotry is a steep one to pay for a hopeless task. Besides, why attempt something Christ never assigned us? His agenda is for us to preach the gospel to a world that hates us as it did him. Fixing people, not the world, is what will pay off.
Norman L. Meager
We need more people like Ron Sider to wake this country up. It surprises me there would be so much hostility to his crusade, since it is very biblically based. Yet, North American Christians show little concern for social injustices. We are a very self-centered bunch.
Stafford overlooked one of Sider’s most creative ideas, recorded in Nuclear Holocaust and Christian Hope (InterVarsity Press). He advocated the U.S. totally disarm—nuclear and conventional—allow Soviet Communists to invade, endure the slaughter of one or ...1
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