In a post sometime back I made the statement that American Christians are often more American than Christian. It seemed completely obvious and still does. American Christians are in love with their wealth and styles, often times, more than they are of Christ. We parrot American values rather than biblical values and we split churches over preferences rather than doctrine, we aren’t known so much for our love as much as for what we are against.
Bottom line, we don’t live passionately for and like Jesus. It is our shame and our challenge to be better, to live closer to the flame of His love so that we offer the world a more compelling vision of who He is. I just ran across a great quote from John Piper from way back in 2002 that underscores some of what I was writing about in the earlier post.
“We should make clear that we are Christians first and Americans second. We are aliens and exiles in the world and our deepest and truest citizenship is in heaven. Our decisive Lord and Leader is Jesus Christ, not the president of the United States [whether Democrat, Republican or other]. This first and deepest allegiance unites us with Christians of all nationalities more firmly than our secular citizenship unites us with other Americans. In regard to many American values and behaviors we are dissenting citizens. American culture is not Christianity. We believe it is not unpatriotic to criticize unjust and ungodly aspects of our own culture.”
(Philippians 3:20; 1 Peter 2:11; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Revelation 17:14; Ephesians 5:11)
Source: DesiringGod.org, “Tolerance, Truth-Telling, Violence, and Law” (August 2002)
Let’s live like we are citizens of heaven. Let’s show the world that we can sacrifice more, love better, help more, bow lower in humility, stand taller in courage all the while, proclaim with the boldness, the gospel of our Risen King.