NOTE: I have often wondered whether the public have come to view we conservative Christians more as "morals" crusaders, rather than people who represent the simple Gospel of Jesus. The writer below had some pretty provocative things to say about this. MORALIZING or CHRIST? -by Michael Rew [See Luke 16: 13-15; 18: 18-43; 19: 1-10] I wondered why America has a hard time experiencing revival. I came to a partial conclusion: the love of money. The Scriptures I cited above outline what I believe is a basic blueprint of the love of money in our country and in the American churches. Many American Christians are pushing traditional values, morality, and the Ten Commandments instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I once read or heard that a journalist interviewed quite a number of Christian conservatives for a documentary. They talked about laws and social reform, bans on this and that, but only one of them came out and asked the journalist if any of these Christians had shown him what the Gospel really meant. No one had. Holding up the Ten Commandments is not a bad idea. The law is our teacher to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3: 24), but I have sensed that many morality movements overly emphasize keeping the law, not coming to Christ. ------------------------------------------ QUESTIONS: Can 'morals' save? Should we be renowned as people of the "law" or people of the gospel? Is it right for the Christians to be viewed as allies of 'Big Business' and capitalism when, after all, Jesus came as a poor man preaching to the poor? While not advocating a kind of 'socialism' here, can you tell me, are any of these things right? God bless you all.