The Church today is more American than Christian. We are largely unable to divorce our faith from our nationalism. This, to me, is very troubling because it means that we are unable to understand Jesus and His teachings apart from our own cultural context.
Those who follow Jesus know that the solution to society's problems will never be found in politics. If we hope to change the hearts of men and women by laws and policies then we are both mistaken and misguided.
It disturbs me that so many Christians I know are more acquainted with politics than they are with the Word of God or following Jesus in their daily life.
If you think you can be both, I urge you to carefully reconcile the widely divergent philosophies of Christ and those found in our Constitution.
Americans have the right to be treated equally and to pursue happiness. Christians have only the right to share in the sufferings of Christ, give up their individual identity, and love and serve others as Jesus did.
“…you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” (Exodus 19:6)
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation…” (1 Peter 2:9)
Who is he talking to? To the Church. We are the Israelites who are now called “a holy priesthood” and“a holy nation”. Not just Jews, but anyone who is in Christ! As it says in Revelation 5:9-10:
Would you give up being an American to follow Jesus?