Evangelicalism stands at a unique time in American history. We have a question and a choice before us. How we will best represent to a hurting, confused world, God’s love through the church? We can, as Jesus prayed, see the Kingdom and will of God brought to earth by the grace and forgiveness we express through loving action. Or we can continue down the present path of “our will be done”, through political alliances and culture war rhetoric. I will discuss the latter in this post.
Someone wrote in a response post to an article at MoveOn.org that we (christians) should not be surprised that so many people hate us, because Jesus said we would be hated if we follow Him. I disagreed with his assessment as to the reason we are hated. We are hated, and maligned, and made fun of, not because we share God’s love through the Gospel, we are hated because we hate first. the general impression our society has concerning us is that we are angry, paranoid, republican/tea party loving, racist, misogynist, anti-intellectual, anti-equality haters. Let me just take a moment to mention some of the prophets we follow.
Donald Trump..and too many others to mention here.
Some of these prophets, I dare say, may not even be Christian, yet we cling to their every word, cheer at their every pronouncement, and berate our un-believing friends, co-workers and classmates for not seeing the almost divine wisdom of these men and women.
We have supported corporations and their greed over compassion and grace. We have elevated capitalism as the chosen instrument of God. We embrace america, the flag and the constitution as though they dropped from the heavens covered with God’s fingerprints. Yet if someone suggests that America needs to care for the sick, poor, needy and hungry, screams of “SOCIALIST” reverberate through the church rafters.
There needs to be a change, a purging of sorts. We need Jesus to come into our churches and overturn the tables again. We need Jesus to tear apart the unholy alliances that have formed between politics and Christianity. The Gospel has been turned into something that would be unrecognizable to the writers of the New Testament.
My fear is that it is going to get worse. Right now at least half of the Republicans/tea party adherents considering a run in 2012 claim to be Christian. Many that have been elected to office in 2010 boast of the same thing. The problem is that they do not have a Kingdom mindset but a mindset that continues to run contrary to what we as believers are called to be. And the Gospel will continue to be rendered powerless and continued to be assimilated into a political plank.
It will not be the progressives/liberals in america that will destroy the Message of Jesus, it will be those who claim to be His most devoted followers.