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Friday, January 27, 2012

A Christian Conundrum in a Political World (redux)

I don't think so...
I have always wondered why so many Christians have such a sickening love affair with the government and war? I have heard it said, “The word Christian makes a great noun, but a lousy adjective.” If you think about that statement one has to ask themself: is America a Christian Nation?

I must say that it truly tugs at my heartstrings when Presidents, both past and present, pay passive homage to God when they are trying to pass legislation or peddle some form of ideology. I often wonder when these politicians invoke the name of God, what god are they really talking about?  Is it the god of nationalism…or is it the God of the Bible represented by Jesus Christ?

The United States is indeed a great nation that has become drunk on itself. Thus, we as Christians have to guard against propping up this edifice, known as the USA, and worshiping it like a golden calf. The truth is, America is not the hope and salvation for mankind...the Lord Jesus Christ is! And if America believes that all we need is the right Democrats or Republicans in the house, senate, and White House, we have truly missed the boat. If America believes that because we can sculpt mountains, like Rushmore, we do not need a creator, we are finished. If America believes that we are safe from God’s judgment because we have a 400 billion dollar war machine, we are truly deceived; if America believes that because this empire has become a "democracy" we don’t need a savior...we are damned!

As Christians, we are called to be not of this world...and if we are to be a nation under God, we need to make the Lord Jesus Christ our spiritual, as well our political agenda.

As a Christian- how do you justify your current political position? 

"We ourselves were well conversant with war, murder and everything evil, but all of us throughout whole wide earth have traded in our weapons of war. We have exchanged our swords for plowshares, our spears for farm tools…now we cultivate the fear of God, justice, kindness, faith, and the expectation of the future given us through the crucified one…the more we are persecuted and martyred, the more do others in ever increasing numbers become believers." 

-Justin, martyred in 165 AD 

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