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I can’t believe they wrapped Jesus in an American flag

Nov 9, 2006
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Fellow blogger, Ben Arment had a great post today…  Had to share it.  Here it is:

I can’t believe they wrapped Jesus in an American flag

I can’t tell you how many e-mails I got before Tuesday about the Christian values at stake in this election. The calls to prayer… the passionate pleas to mobilize our congregation…  I haven’t heard from those people since.

This is a dangerous post for me to write, but I think it might be good for us to be ‘losers’ in the political arena for a while…

…Just in case we got the idea we could legislate our way to a transformed culture. ~ Just in case we aligned the church with a particular political party. ~ Just in case we mistook the USA for that city shining on a hill… rather than the Church of Jesus Christ.

I’m afraid people have associated the movement of Christ a little too closely with a political agenda. And it’s killing the church. It would be highly beneficial in our ‘Daily-Show-culture’ for us to be stripped of any political influence until we can learn to rely on Christ for cultural transformation. We cannot legislate our way to a revival.

Good words.  Thanks Ben. 

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6 Responses to “I can’t believe they wrapped Jesus in an American flag”

  1. chris says:

    That is a great post

  2. joni says:

    Aren’t most of the blogs I’ve been reading since I entered “blog world” about transition, change and innovation? How can we not want to try something new ’cause I’ll agree with Chris I’ve grown tired of the same ol’ same ol’ in the political world. I believe I’ve heard the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over but expecting different results. What’s the worst that could happen with new ideas? They could be wrong? They could be sinful? We already live in a sinful world–that’s a given. If nothing else, change makes for great conversation!!!!

  3. Betsy says:

    I’m not disagreeing with the ideas and feeling expressed here, because I am very disenchanted by all politicians right now. Voting feels like choosing between the lesser of two evils.
    However, I have to say that some political issues ARE moral issues, which is why, more often than not, I vote conservative Republican. Abortion is a moral issue. Embryonic stem cell research is a moral issue. Not allowing a protected gay class to be created is a moral issue. Protecting our religious freedoms is a moral issue. And rarely do liberals or Democrats fall on the right side of these issues.
    Am I right?

  4. Lemmings says:

    I think that it was a great post. I am not thrilled with the way the election(s) turned out on Tuesday, but my feeling is that the connection between a “religious centered” party and the Church, is killing potential growth of the Church and pushing people away from Christ.
    The fastest way to make some sort of social change is not going to be through legislation. Adding more rules or relaxing more rules scares people. We can only transform our culture by living in the culture and changing it from within through Christ’s love and God’s grace.
    Much love and prayers for our doubting and deceived culture that believes in that “being of the world” is The Way. (Christian and non-Christian alike)

  5. DAVID says:

    amen Lemmings.
    True change doesn’t come from legislation, new homes or government funding. The power of God through the Holy Spirit can change a persons heart, their outlook on life and their future destination. God help us all remember that He wants to change us all from the INSIDE OUT.

  6. Scott:
    Sorry for the cross-post, but I posted a reply on Ben’s blog…and I’m just not creative enough to come up with something else!
    Ben:
    While I agree with your sentiment that mixing politics and religion are often a recipe for disaster, I can’t fully endorse your message. I feel that you are completely right that confining Jesus to a specific political party does Him a disservice and limits our understanding of Him. I understand we are to be in this world, not of this world.
    At the same time, I struggle with this concept that many of the “with it” evangelicals have of Jesus being a “liberal” because of His compassion. When a specific political party, by and large, stands for so many things contrary to the message of Jesus, it is difficult to NOT side with the party that is aligned with those teachings.
    Abortion. (MURDER of the unborn)
    Embryonic Stem Cell Research. (See above)
    Defense of the Oppressed. (Sure, many of one political party see the current war in the middle east as oppression…I see it differently.)
    I agree that to fit Jesus into a certain political opinion is dangerous because politics are CREATED things, while He is the Creator. But, to not side with a certain philosophical point of view that, in many cases, is specifically opposed to many of the teachings of the Gospel…I think that is a dangerous proposition as well.

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