“Don’t let anybody make you think God chose America as his divine messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world. God has a way of standing before the nations with justice and it seems I can hear God saying to America ‘you are too arrogant, and if you don’t change your ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power, and I will place it in the hands of a nation that doesn’t even know my name. Be still and know that I’m God.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Only a die-hard Republican can mock a Democrat. Only a true liberal can dishonor a conservative. Only a passionate Lutheran can turn a Methodist into his scapegoat. Only a patriotic American can insult a Mexican. But a Christian—a person who is filled with the agape love of Jesus and transformed by His indwelling presence—cannot do any of those things.
“The New Testament vision does not pit a “Christian culture” against a non-Christian culture; rather does it introduce a leaven into any existing culture into which it insinuates itself, a leaven whereby that already existing culture is then affected.” – Leonard Verduin
“It is implied in the NT vision that Christianity is not a culture-creating thing, but rather a cultureinfluencing one.” – Leonard Verduin writing on Jesus’ teaching to render onto Ceasar Ceasar’s and God, God’s.
“There are two opposite spirits that have been operative within American Christianity since the beginning of this nation. One is submission. The other is revolution. The one was learned from Jesus, the other from the Enlightenment. This dual spirit explains how guns, the military, soldiering, and Old Glory are virtual sacraments in the life of the American Church. In fact, the average Christian may be more moved to tears by these symbols than they are by baptism, the broken bread and poured out wine, and the preaching of the cross.” – Rance Darity
G.K. Chesterton once said, “It’s not that Christianity has been tried and found wanting; it’s that it has been found difficult and left untried.” 2
“Let him begin by treating patriotism… as a part of his religion. Then let him, under the influence of partisan spirit, come to regard it as the most important part. Then quietly and gradually nurse him on to the stage at which the religion becomes merely a part of the ‘cause,’ in which Christianity is valued chiefly because of the excellent arguments it can produce…” – C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters, Chapter 7
American Christians are seeking to impact their culture through the legislative power of the State, rather than by actually loving, living, and serving the way Jesus commanded.