STRIVING TO BREATHE LIFE
INTO THAT FOR WHICH
CHRIST DID NOT DIE
Recently a preacher/politician, which is an oxymoron, named Mike Huckabee said that God was the “midwife when America was born”. Besides being blasphemous, it openly reveals a level of idolatry which rivals the golden calf of Israel. But there are many professing believers who see the country known as America as not only God favored but as God birthed in a direct sense. It is very easy to reveal the open idolatry of such views but it is also very difficult to unpack all the latent idolatry as well as all the deep and critical compromises inherent in such fabrication.
Most of the evangelical church which happens to live in America views America as a divine instrument. It is quite revealing that if a sinner made a profession of faith to Christ but later became an abortion doctor who was gay and married his partner would be considered as never having been redeemed. But even though America is consumed with all kinds of perversion and sin believers still consider it as a divine creation. What does that tell us? It tells us that the idolatry of nationalism is extremely strong and unyielding.
And there are many reasons why this kind of deception is so strong. Of course it is pleasing to the flesh. It comes with songs and parades and holidays and pledges and historical stories of nostalgia. But perhaps the greatest strength of nationalism is because we have been indoctrinated from birth. And since liberal and conservative both embrace it no one actually questions it. Even Christian schools push it further into our hearts and minds until being patriotic becomes a fruit of a true Christian.
But at the core of such passion is a perspective that America is treated by God as a singular entity. What I mean is that many believe God deals with America as a whole and curses or blesses the nation cumulatively and all the individuals within that country bear the consequences. But nowhere in the New Testament are we taught that God deals with countries. We are clearly taught that the gospel is for individuals. You see Jesus did not die for America or Spain or Israel. Jesus died for individual sinners. And that fact openly reveals there is no redemption for a country or a government or any organization. There is only redemption for sinners one at a time.
So when you attempt to breathe spiritual life into something that never had spiritual life in the first place you are on a fool’s errand. And that fool’s errand is not innocuous. It has many deep and varied consequences, the most diabolical is it dilutes, misrepresents, and changes the very fabric of the gospel. Instead of the great commission being the only true agent of spiritual transformation, now professing believers seek voting blocks, legislative majorities, and democratic processes to effect spiritual change. And they think they are doing God’s work by breathing upon a stone.
If we see through the eyes of the Spirit and of the kingdom of God we will see an eternal difference between the souls of men and the creations of men. And until we see that distinction men will continue to worship the creations of men. The Scriptures clearly teach us not to worship God’s creations so how much more the work of men’s hands? It is a tragic spiritual infidelity and a monstrous sin. While souls are dying all around us professing believers are engaged in earthly matters. You cannot manipulate the fallen natures of men to believe and act like Jesus. Is Je4sus a moral arbiter or is He the Savior of mankind? The teachings of morality are only effective within the body of believers who have the Spirit. Those who do not have the Spirit cannot know true morality. Yes they can have a show of godliness but in the end it will only bring death.
So the journey away from the gospel continues. It is filled with sound and fury, but it signifies absolutely nothing. And this great departure has had profound effects upon the church. Perhaps the most profound effect is that most of the church no longer preaches, believes, or even knows what the gospel is.