Our church is going through a series called The Truth Project. It was produced by Focus on the Family. While most of it has been somewhat interesting and informative, this last week angered me and made me realize that this entire series is just more psuedo-christian propaganda on saving America.
The video starts out by looking at what the Founding Fathers have said. Quotes abound with references to church, morality, and religion. Ok, that ‘s cool but what does this have to do with living as a Christian today in a post-modern culture. Over and over we are reminded of great Christian past we have had and how far we have fallen.
“America…a city on a hill.”
“America is a bright light in a world of darkness and sin.”
It is bothersome to me that so many Christians make the leap of equating America with the Christian faith. There was even a couple Bible verses torn out of context in reference to America. In the book of Revelation, Jesus is speaking to one of the churches and tells them to return to their first love or He will remove their lampstand….our video teacher applies this verse to America. Another passage found in the Hebrew text of Isaiah quotes God as saying “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, I will hear from Heaven and heal their land.” That is a great verse, unfortunately it applied to the nation of Israel and NOT to the United States of America. Finally, at the end of the video there is a quote, that sadly I cannot remember accurately that tells us basically that the devil as won if the believer does not have a passion for his/her country. Question………..where is that found in the Scripture?
We are NOT told to save America, for too long this has been the focus of the Evangelical church in America but all that it has done is to create a “us against them” mentality and has turned the church into a political special interest group. A far cry from what God has truly called us too. Let me end here with that command…….
LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR BEING…….LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF
I think it is time to live that out…..
Peace, grace, and love,