American Christians have lost sight of their identity in Christ. They are blinded by politics. They divide against one another over differences in political ideologies. They question the salvation of those brothers and sisters who vote differently than they do. They decide who is a true Christian based on whether or not they belong to the same political party as they do.
This is sin. This is an abomination.
Here’s what Jesus says about division the Body of Christ:
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” – Matt. 5:23-24
Here’s what the Apostle Paul says about divisions in the Church:
“Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.” – Titus 3:10-11
Here’s what the Apostle John says about divisions in the Church:
“If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” – 1 John 4:10
How are divisions in the Body of Christ over politics any different than the divisions that Paul warns against in 1 Corinthians where brothers were dividing over allegiances to Peter or to Apollos?
If we’re not to form factions based on preferences of Apostle, then we certainly cannot draw lines of division based on political opinions, can we?
As Paul said to those Christians in Corinth, I would ask Christians in America today:
“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers and sisters, some have informed me that there are quarrels among you….Is Christ divided? Was Trump crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Hillary or Cruz?” [With apologies to 1 Cor. 1:10-13]
- Is your loyalty to a brother or sister in Christ dependent upon their political viewpoints?
- Are you unable to see – and embrace – other members of the Body of Christ due to differences in politics?
- Do you get angry at your brothers and sisters in Christ over disagreements about political candidates?
If so, repent.
Crucify your politics.
Nail your Nationalism to the cross.
Remind yourself that you are an Ambassador of another Kingdom.
Remember that you are not of this world.
Recall the words of the Spirit of God who calls out to us all: “Come out of Her, my people!”
In the book of Revelation, there are two opposing forces: Those who follow the Lamb of God and The Nations of this World.
Which side are you on?
I beg of you, my brothers and my sisters in Christ:
Abandon the entanglements of Empire. Defy the status quo.
Refuse to be called anything but a child of God.
Return home to the Father who longs to see you walking back over the top of the hill.
If we are more American than Christian, then we are not Christian at all. We are Nationalists who dabble in religion.
If we belong to Jesus, then let’s resolve to love everyone and not to become entangled with the affairs of this world.
Let the nations rage. Our Jesus is King.
Now let’s follow Him in Spirit and Truth.
My book "Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics to Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb" is available at Amazon on Jan.20th, 2017 (Inauguration Day) and features a Foreword by Greg Boyd, author of "The Myth of a Christian Nation".
Learn more at: www.JesusUntangled.com
Part 2: "Who Are We?"
Part 3: "Why Do People Think I'm A Liberal?"
Part 4: "Still Embracing Constantine?"
Part 5: How American Evangelicalism Has Been Exploited, by Ross Rohde
Part 6: The Entanglement Agenda
Part 7: "What Would Jesus Say About The American Revolution?" by Chuck McKnight
Part 8: "Ambassadors of Contrast"