Just added a brief icommentary tomy nterview with the author of "We The Fallen People" who said
"It's entirely conceivable that neither democracy nor Christianity will flourish in the United States in the future as they have in the past...
It seems likely that the political engagement of US Christians in the midst of this (current) crisis of democracy—of white evangelicals, most especially—is mortgaging the long-run witness of the church in exchange for short-term influence.
This is a tragic, catastrophic miscalculation. Polls indicate that the United States is undergoing head-spinning secularization, and it appears that the political witness of the church is only accelerating that trend."
Whether you agree or disagree is not my point ... His comments are based on his observation that Christians have forgotten about a core Christian doctrine; the "fallen" state of humanity.
- Romans 3:23: "all have sinned" ~ "we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us"
Christians have not forgotten the "fallenness" of human beings when we look at our theological or political opponents (red/blue, liberal./conservative, right/left).
We forget "fallenness" by assuming our doctrinal statement and/or political persuasions are more than preferential, they are the truth-the whole truth-and nothing but the truth...so help us God! ignore the plank protruding from our own eye (perceptions).
- Luke 6:42: "How could you say to your friend, ‘Here, let me show you where you’re wrong,’ when you are guilty of even more than he? You are overly critical, splitting hairs and being a hypocrite! You must acknowledge your own blind spots and deal with them before you will be able to deal with the blind spot of your friend.”
For example, we consider the opposing party's President utterly fallible (maybe even despicable, evil). But our guy? Virtually infallible (does not lie, not power-driven, incapable of deception).
Please do not read this as an anti-_ _ _ _ _ post.
It is a concern we have elevated our cultural preferences over biblical teaching; at the least, we have integrated the ways of the World with the Word of God.
The Gospel of Jesus is good news apart from political (ie, democracy) or economic (ie, capitalism) systems. While both may be the best the World can offer, they are not the DNA of the Kingdom of God.
The Church is called to receive and live and share the Gospel, whether we live in a totalitarian state or function in a socialistic economy.
I prefer democracy and capitalism to other forms of government. But those systems, and the men and women who lead in those systems, are not infallible. Like me, they are fallen. In need of the prayers of God's people.
We are to pray for and work towards God's Kingdom; the righteous reign and rule of our Creator and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, by yielding to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
- As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Matthew 10:7
Read the latest comment added to the original interview and let me know what you think.