Setting The Record Straight

12Apr10

Using your political party to further God’s kingdom is great. Using God’s kingdom to further your political agenda is downright blasphemous. To insinuate that entering God’s kingdom is not only dependent upon Jesus’ testimony concerning you but also upon your ability to fit in with American conservative evangelical Christian culture is a terrible lie.

Jesus refers to people in His day who spread these sort of lies as a “brood of vipers”. Apart from Jesus all people are enemies of God. It doesn’t matter how “Christian” your home was growing up; it doesn’t matter whether you voted red or blue in the last election; it doesn’t matter how frequently or infrequently you sin; and it sure as Hell doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks of you. The only thing that matters is Christ’s testimony concerning you (Matthew 25:31-46). In light of that, the enemy of God is not liberalism or homosexuality or unrighteousness–it is us! The friend of God is not conservative or a person who boasts in their own righteousness–it is a people made righteous by Jesus!

Stop bundling things to the Gospel! Stop insinuating that salvation is contingent upon how much people look, act, and vote like you! If God is as Holy as He says He is and you truly fear God like you profess, why in the world would you behave so irreverently towards His holy Gospel? Why would you put the Gospel on par with your nationality, your political beliefs, or your lifestyle!? You’re burdening people beyond what Jesus requires of them! You have the key to the gates of heaven but you don’t allow others to pass!

Stop acting like Jesus looks up to you or that God would vote the way you vote because He admires your political candidates as much as you do! God exists above any political party and, indeed, America! Also, God doesn’t look up to America’s political system. He isn’t envious of our capitalist economic system. America’s not God’s Holy Land. We are citizens of the Kingdom of God who happen to live in America (at least if we are truly on God’s side)… We shouldn’t try and change the Kingdom of God to match up with the ideologies of our political parties–at best we should change our political ideologies to match up with God’s work here. Worshiping our nation or our political parties or anything else above God is idolatry. Yes, even if you are an American Republican. If you call yourself a Christian, your primary identity should be in Christ, not country.

Honestly, I think that the “Christian” people (those who say to Jesus, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?”) who do these things and behave this way are the people to whom Jesus will say, “depart from me, I never knew you.” Not just the liberals or the homosexuals who never knew Christ. (Matthew 7:21-23)

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One Response to “Setting The Record Straight”

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