Note To Our Readers:
We have decided to take down the interview with the hosts at Truth Table in the hope of a new conversation that is more in keeping with our Modern Reformation editorial policy and style. For 30 years, we have hosted engaging conversations that touch on the issues that matter most to us.
For a real conversation, there must be openness to different points of view. Modern Reformation has invited conversations with a wide variety of leaders—some who are not even Christians as well as theologians with whom we strongly disagree. More often, we have solicited discussions with brothers and sisters on different sides of an important issue in Christian circles. The Truth’s Table interview was in that category. However, we did not include representatives of other viewpoints. Nor did we ask penetrating and even challenging questions as we would normally do in any discussion. So we are reaching out to the hosts to have another chance to talk to them.
We are particularly concerned to clarify the distinction of law and gospel with respect to questions of social, political and economic justice. The gospel must not be confused with moral, social or political agendas. But neither can they be dismissed by Christians who take seriously the image of God and the second table of his law. Furthermore, the visible unity of Christ’s body is a gospel issue and dialogue is always better than a monologue.
We hope that this statement clarifies our position, unchanged for three decades, and that we can host a new conversation in the future with our sisters at Truth’s Table.