“The holiness of the kingdom of God must be preserved. If Jesus refused to acknowledge and fight for Israel as God’s favored nation — even though it was the one nation in history that actually held this status at one time — how much more must his followers refuse to acknowledge and fight for America as God’s favored nation. To say it another way, if Jesus was committed solely to establishing a kingdom that had no intrinsic nationalistic or ethnic allegiances — not even with Israel — how much more should his followers be committed to expanding this unique, non-nationalistic kingdom?” – Greg Boyd
I’m so tired of lines. Whether it’s a line from my furrowed brow or the line that is delivered in another incoherent speech by our President — I’m just tired. Today, though, the line that seemed to kick me in the shin was one we, as American’s, keep trying to draw in the sand.
Paired with a line in a speech by our President, another line was drawn:
We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values.
There is really no proper way to respond to this without feeling a ferocious anger towards, not even our President, but those of whom provided the pedestal and mic, the applause and pats on the back, and the nods in agreement. Let me just say what I’m trying to say already — This. Is. A. Lie.
To believe that any aspect of Christianity is under “attack” is to assume the position that we are at war with other religions and, well, all people considered “other.” So, it now feels imperative (see: annoyed) to remind all of us as Christians that the only war we face is the ones with our seismic, outlandish, grossly inflated egos.
TL/DR: We are our own worst enemies.
It seems we are all forgetful as the (steady) rise of Anglo-Saxon Christianity builds its monuments on the high grounds of perverted senses of justice, moralist ideals, and nationalism. Stoking the flames to any or all of these is easily the way of inviting the presence of great evil.
Remember: Jesus was brought to the highest place on Earth and offered everything … if only He would basically say Satan was the best, like, ever. And He basically said, “Great. No, thanks. Hard stop.” Then He walked down the hill and figured it was probably time to help others understand that to gain is to lose.
There is a part of me that wants to laugh this all way like some really awful dream … but I also must acknowledge the reality behind such sentiments. We have all now been witness to the horrifying images of white bros with Tiki torches, and a man so enraged by the fight for equality that he rammed his car through a crowd. Therefore, I realize this is not a laughing matter; rather, it is a call to find steady ground of truth in love.
And, in love, I’m begging you to not buy the Presidents lie that has been spoon fed to him by countless other “Christians.”
As far as I’m concerned, the Cosmic Christ is all-embracing, all-knowing, all-loving; in all, through all, and for all. When did we stopped believing this? I fear it was when some began to believe that to gain was to win.
This is a lie. Hard stop.