The Reformation in Responsibility
A Reformation in Responsibility is primarily about four things: 1) the fact that our society is being destroyed by the perfect philosophical storm; 2) the philosophical antecedents for the general state of confusion that exists in America; 3) the unbalanced theological individualism of the Western Church; and 4) the role of the Church in the 21st century. In short, the “perfect philosophical storm” is the destructive combination of evolutionary thought (which teaches us that we are the best that humanity has ever seen), the exaltation of reason and science (which teaches us that we are the smartest humans to ever exist), and irresponsible individualism (which teaches us that the individual’s right to pursue happiness is the most important goal of society). Our narcissistic philosophies have resulted in a culture of confusion that places individual needs and desires before the overall good of the larger community. Yet, this confusion is due, in large part, to the fact that the Western Church has been promoting theological individualism more than it has been promoting biblical theology. Lastly, in the name of constitutionality and human rights, the courts have dominated Western society by stripping the majority of their right to live out their faith in the public square. For these and many other reasons, reform is imperative for the future success of America. In the 21st century, the Church must resist a government that is of the courts by the secularists for the minority, and lead our society to once again embrace a government that is of the people by the people and for the people.
At this point, it’s also important to state what a Reformation in Responsibility is not…
A Reformation in Responsibility:
- Is not a call to dismiss individual/minority sentiments
- Is not a call to dismiss the many values and benefits of scientific research
- Is not a call to dismiss the importance of the individual in Christian theology
- Is not a call for Christian government
About the Author
Rit Varriale is originally from Schenectady, New York. His early religious influence was in the Roman Catholic Church, the Dutch Reformed Church, and the Calvary Chapel movement. He became involved in the Baptist tradition while attending The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. During his senior year at the Citadel, he served as the Regimental Commander for the Corps of Cadets. Upon graduation from The Citadel in 1992, Rit was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division from 1992-1996 serving as a platoon leader and company executive officer. During that time, he received the Outstanding Leadership Award for U.S. Army Ranger Class 2-93, the Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Pathfinder Badge. In 1996, Rit entered the ministry and began his theological training receiving a M.Div. (Campbell University Divinity School) a Th.M. (Duke University Divinity School) and a D.Min. (Princeton Theological Seminary). From 1996-present he has served three congregations in North Carolina. Currently, Rit serves his community as a pastor, as an adjunct instructor in the NC Community College System, as a board member for Hospice of Cleveland County, and as a member of the Christian Higher Education Committee for the North Carolina Baptist State Convention. Rit resides in Shelby, NC with his wife Shannon.