When Your Nationalism Betrays Your Conversion
So far this year, America has seen a few things come to clinch: gay marriage was sanctioned on the federal level; an undercover journalistic outfit exposed Planned Parenthood’s grotesque House of Horrors with a “For Sale” sign out front; more than a few mass shootings were committed by fingers on triggers—and now everyone is in uproar about whether they can keep their guns.
Through all of these currents and tides, the nation has looked to the Constitution for direction to navigate the swelling tempest. I don’t have a problem with that. That’s normal.
However, leading the riots is the voice of evangelical America, clinging to her Constitution and her Bill of Rights like Calvary didn’t strip her of entitlement. A Kentucky clerk is in jail for refusing to issue gay marriage certificates. Good on her. But why are we foaming at the mouth while we quote the First Amendment?
When the son of the nation’s foremost evangelist—the guy presently running Billy Graham’s ministry—says we need to block Muslims from immigrating to America, he doesn’t simply capitulate the vision of Lady Liberty outside Ellis Island. He celebrates a nationalism so antithetical to the Gospel of the Incarnate Slaughtered Lamb that I don’t even know where to begin.
When we spit the dummy because a Christian was tossed behind bars for adhering to a biblical worldview and condemning the tarnished image of God celebrated by same-sex marriage, we aren’t simply cowards running from the slightest indication of the kind of persecution suffered by the apostles. We betray our affection for the Bill of Rights and disinterest in the Sermon on the Mount.
When we white-knuckle our violent toys because we are concerned the government might turn on us and persecute us because we bow to a King whose Kingdom is not of this world, we betray the fact that we are still very much “of this world.”
America is not the Gospel, nor she is “the best %&@$ country on earth.” I fear our mantra has not only aborted the early American missions movement, but it has stunted our growth as disciples of the Man from Nazareth.