Well…now we have done it. Done what, you may ask? The short answer is that we’ve made national politics our god. We show a great more deal of concern about the happenings of the Senate, House, and White House than we do the house of God.
Don’t pretend that isn’t the case…I hear it every week from my congregants and others. Healthcare can’t be touched/healthcare reform is a must, economy, jobs, LGBTQ rights, abortion, and so the list continues. All the while, there are a myriad of “opinions” about what the Bible says on such topics. Some opinions I value, others I discard. I find it difficult to honor the biblical opinion of someone that spends more time finding a way to miss church and/or discipleship-type fellowships and more time finding a way onto the lake. I can’t seriously value there biblical astuteness when they would much rather watch Dr. Phil than read about the Great Physician in the inspired Word of God, the Bible.
Does that sound harsh? Good. I value opinions with an open mind of those that have shown dedication to God. This could be the Sunday School teacher that has flat wore a Bible out in a couple of years from use. It could be one of the several professors I have been privileged to study under. It could be a fellow minister from any one of a number of denominations that is dedicated to hearing God and tending to his flock. And it could just as easily be someone that is simply ready to learn at every opportunity and shows great wisdom and knowledge because they are dedicated to the One that set them free.
Does this mean we will always agree? Absolutely not, but we can experience genuine discussion without hatred and bitterness. One of us may change our mind, and we may not…but we can walk away with mutual respect and civility.
This is what we have done. We have taken hold of a political ideology and replaced our theology. Our theology somehow morphed into the donkey or the elephant. We see the White House as the Temple and the President as either the Christ or the Antichrist. We look to government programs to provide our healthcare, cellphones, income, housing, groceries, childcare, and in some cases our transportation. There are many, many government programs that creates a dependency where one should not exist.
Am I heartless to the plights of the less fortunate? Not at all…I am heartless, if that is the proper choice of words, to those that call themselves followers of Christ yet cannot find it in the heart to attend church, support church-run programs to help those in need, and turn a blind eye to everything but Fox News or CNN.
Nevertheless, the point is this; I fear for the church. I fear for “Christians”. I fear for people in the US in these categories. Reports I hear from missions, through various media, and from those I know personally that are involved in foreign nations indicate our problem is quite unique. Other nations are seeing mighty moves of God, yet we are stagnate. Large services occur with miraculous stories of salvation and deliverance, yet here we must “entertain” to draw such a crowd. I am talking of tens of thousands of people at a service hungry for a move of God.
Where have we gone wrong? We have gone wrong in putting patriotism before dedication to Christ. We have gone wrong in dedicating to a political party when neither is anything close to a biblical example. We are following Satan off a cliff, laughing along the way. We are happily deceived away from Jesus.