Religious activism. I’ve seen it so much lately. Preaching about the government and how the United States needs to be more of a “Christian nation”. I wonder how many people could be reached for Christ if people would stop preaching religious activism and instead reach out to the individuals who might be on the other side of the political spectrum?
Did Jesus picket the Roman empire or did he spend more time reaching the lost? Did he teach people to petition the government or God?
Sadly, I’ve also heard that God will punish the nation that forgets God. However, they forget that was an Old Testament concept. In the New Testament, Israel (the nation that repeatedly forgot God) was no longer the focus, but the church was. It’s when the church forgets God now that there will be trouble, not when the nation does. Perhaps it’s time to stop preaching on others’ sins and remember who we are; to stop and remove the beam from our own eye before taking the mote out of our brother’s. What beam, some may ask. The beam of religious activism. The beam that denies legalism on the smaller scale while demanding it at a national level.
Religious activists push me further from God. They call for righteousness-of their own brand, of course. They see the world in black and white and leave no room for grace. Oh, they wouldn’t say that. But it’s there, in the way they talk, in what they say, in how they speak about no longer being a “Christian nation” and God’s pending punishment for that. They don’t realize that if we are no longer a Christian nation, it’s not because of a decision not to say a prayer every morning in school. It’s not because we say “Happy Holidays”. No, if America is no longer a Christian nation, it’s because Christians have been remiss. They have not been the loving witness they should be, and have pushed people away. It’s because in their desire for personal gain they have failed to reach others-even their own families- for God.
Perhaps it’s time to stop simply being outraged that laws aren’t being changed. Perhaps rather than attempting to change the laws, it’s time to begin reaching out to the hurting and the lost. Perhaps it’s time to stop trying to change laws and instead begin changing hearts. Our own, and then, through Christ, others as well.