What We Get Wrong About Christianity in America
Recently in our country it seems things are going a little crazy. The candidates for our next president are a little less desirable than I had hoped, Target broadcasted their policy on transgender restroom use, and we have people waving Bibles in people’s faces and screaming at them. Suffice to say, we haven’t seen our country this polarized in quite some time.
After watching the video of a mother parading her twelve kids through Target, Bible in hand, and loudly condemning the store and its patrons I couldn’t help but shake my head. So, as is customary these days, I take to the internet to speak my mind.
Let me be clear before I write my response to what I just saw. I am a Christian and I believe homosexuality is a sin. I believe changing ones gender is also a sin as it usurps God’s authority. Now that we have that taken care of, what are my thoughts on this video?
It is completely ridiculous!
I think certain Christians in our country have confused American freedom for Christian rights. Our Constitution speaks of equality for all. Now that means ALL. Regardless of whether or not you think they are in the right or wrong, if they have broken no laws in our country, then they all are equal. Now God may say that certain things are sinful or detestable to Him but that means little in our country because all are equal. That is how it works. That is how freedom works.
What we are seeing these days is what I like to call the upper limit of freedom. Everyone loves their freedom in our country except when people exercise their freedom in ways that we don’t like. Religious freedom is a perfect example of this. This was part of the reason why this country was sought after. So that men and women could decide what and how they were going to worship. It is a great thing and today’s churches owe much to this freedom, but this freedom can also rear its ugly head when Islam and Isis and cults claim this same freedom.
Now we would like to say, “This is a Christian nation!” but in reality it’s not and thinking that the Bible could be what governs a nation is absurd. The Bible was never meant to be a governing document. It is God’s will to man and instructions on how to please Him. It holds great power for the individual, but not for governing the masses.
Freedom is a beautiful thing, but it has its costs, and that includes putting up with people we don’t agree with.
So what can we do?
Boycotting is completely within your rights, both as an American and a Christian, but waving the Bible around and shouting that it is our Christian right to have separate bathrooms is just stupid. Is it wise to have separate bathrooms? Yes. But is it Biblical? No.
Instead of getting upset at the state of America let’s instead focus on our greater citizenship in God’s Kingdom.
Focus on things like:
“ Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” (Eph. 4:15)
“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” (Gal. 6:1)
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Cor. 6:9-11)
It makes me angry that people are going out giving a bad name for Jesus’ church. This gives people the impression that Christianity is a hateful religion when it should be just the opposite. Instead of using energy to decide who we will not associate with or which business we are boycotting, why don’t we use that energy to think of new ways in reaching the lost, even if those lost are inside Target?
If want this country to change let me assure you that the change will not come from the top down. It is up to you and me. But the goal should not be restoring a “Christian Nation.” The goal always has been and should be to make Christians, to spread the love and grace of God as far as we can. We have to roll up our sleeves and get busy making disciples (Matt. 28:18-20).