Today, Christianity it all about Crusades.
I’ve been watching a PBS TV show called “God in America”, and they’ve been talking about how religion in America has shifted from emphasis on personal salvation to emphasis on a social Gospel. And I think it’s true…sort of.
Only, pastors aren’t preaching a Social Gospel. They’re preaching a Socialized Gospel.
In political terms, liberal and libertarian politics are not inherently Christian, despite what left and right Christians tell you, but are actually, and inherently, atheist and evolutionist. And they’ve reached in a grabbed at Christianity. “Human Rights” or “Liberty” battle each other in the church, and nobody realizes that their buying into Screwtape’s “Christianity AND”. And the AND came from
We even have battles that have originated in the church, but are truly matters of a society. The Protestant Church has developed a pocket of stagnate doctrine that has created the dogmatic Hyper Calvinists, and their dangerous followers. In response to what is perceived as “radical fundamentalism”, the Emergent Church has appeared, raising its standard of “What Ever is Popular”. And they fight, too. Homosexual rights are popular…so they say that God cares about people’s hearts, and that it’s just a surface issue.
The common thread is “Christianity AND”, even though must claim that they are preaching the Gospel. The REAL THING.
You all know that I’m outspoken on politics. My friends know that I talk about the Church a lot. But what about the Pattern of Sound Words? “We hold Christ Crucified…”
What is the Gospel? It’s the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel IS JESUS CHRIST. We’re supposed to be out there, preaching all of Jesus. And Jesus was about a lot of things. But those were side issues. They were consequences of the real mission: to SAVE MEN’S SOULS. Now, I know that Jay, for instance, doesn’t believe in the modern meaning of “the Great Commission”. But we are called to two things.
To preach Jesus Christ to the world, and to be as much like Jesus as we can. Since His primary mission was salvation, shouldn’t that be yours?
We stand on the brink. We are in the position to change our country. Our church. Our family. And I’m all for taking our culture back. The first step is to be as much like Christ as possible. When CHRISTianity returns to CHRIST, then we can work on the rest.
We need to submit to the Lord, and walk in the shoes of Christ. When we’ve done that, we can walk in strength and take back our nation. But ultimately, we are walking toward sacrifice. Will you give everything up for Jesus? Will you give your AND?
God in America. Christ in America. Us, in America.
Get to work.