Myers Park Baptist is and has been one of the more progressive congregations here in Charlotte and when I use progressive I don't mean it in a purely political context. If I wasn't an Episcopalian, this is where I would probably go to church. They have installed solar panels, open their facilities to many community groups and just generally are a great asset to our city.
This summer they have been holding a series of talks on how people of differing viewpoints can live together and respect each other. Yesterday, Parks Helms a former Democratic county commissioner and Wayne Powers a Republican who is now running for county commission talked about Christianity and politics.
“There are those who will use the Bible like a hammer, they will beat you over the head with it, without appreciating the scriptural lessons.”
“Politics can be informed by our faith. It can be a way of expressing our Christian values, but politics is not Christianity.”
I really like both of these statements and I appreciate these men standing up for what they believe in.
read more: Charlotte Observer
correction - The series of talks was held at Park Road Baptist.