As an Anglican pastor, I bear scars from the war with “universalism” inside the Episcopal Church. I also have endured the battering of Bishop John Spong and his effort to “rescue the gospel from fundamentalists.” And when I saw Rob Bell’s new book “Love Wins,” I found myself quoting former Yankee great Yogi Berra: “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”
When leftist media correspondents were wetting their pants with excitement over the Egyptian revolution, comparing it to the French and the American revolutions, I was on a CNN set saying, “No, no, no! Say it isn’t so.”
Most social scientists would agree that world events do not happen in a vacuum. Political forces, whether they are accidental or deliberate, in succession or a single action, give rise to political and social movements.
Which way will it be? Reagan’s? Or Carter’s? When communism fell and the Berlin Wall collapsed, President Ronald Regan took immediate action. He understood the urgency of helping Eastern European citizens to whom “freedom,” “democracy,” and “elections” were strange terms, heard only on foreign radio broadcasts by the BBC and Voice of America. After making the statement which immortalized him, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Reagan did not sit on his hands when the Berlin Wall crumbled and the Cold War ended.