Recognize our veterans in church = yes
Making church about nationalism and state = no!!!
Yes I realize that the word “God” appears in the song “America the Beautiful“, BUT!!!
I think I am having a hard time with the asking of God to bless a certain country.
I do not think God blesses overcomsumption, greed, political power, gluttony, military dominance, or pridefulness.
In my understanding of scripture God cares more about the disenfranchised, the lonely, the hurt, the broken, injustice, poverty, scapegoats, the whores and bums, the faithful, humbleness, and so much more.
What I saw in my church yesterday had nothing to do with God, and if we were seeking his favor, I think we have grossly misunderstood why we should seek his blessing on our lives.
Have we lost our sense of a God who once roamed the earth to redeem it? Or are we going to continue to think that God will allow us to misuse his house to praise the state and government, instead of him and him alone?
I want my church to be Christocentric, but somehow I fear that we have desecrated God’s temple.
Where is the point in time, where we as church leaders became so enamored with mirroring culture, that we lost our own identity as church?
I have always understood the preaching of Christ to be a countercultural revolution. Not a mainstream, everyone participate to look good, but not really believe, kind of thing.
What is it going to take to move away from our “religion” being accepted and accepting of EVERYTHING, and move back towards being “understanding of EVERYTHING” but still retaining our own personal and unique identity that separates us from the rest of culture?
I don’t know where this all is going, I just feel quite frustrated, because I know what happened at my church yesterday was all too common in other houses of worship around the country.
Thoughts?? Leave one.