Patriotic Christians, in order to justify flirting with two masters, will express something to the effect of “We should recognize how blessed we are to live in a country that allows us to freely practice our Christian faith. They’re killing Christians in other countries, you know.”
Compromising between two kingdoms, these patriotic Christians do not realize that because the faith they are practicing is hardly Christian and mostly a sort of conservative Humanism, it is natural to imagine how easily they are tolerated by the surrounding culture. They can practice this compromised faith freely because it is ultimately innocuous. It does not concern itself with tearing down strongholds. It does not crush the heads of serpents. It does not toss mountains into seas. It does not endeavor to pour salt into the open, putrid wounds of the culture. It does not shed light on the darkness in which this American kingdom thrives. It does not agitate.
If Christian martyrs in other kingdoms were to take American Christians as an example to follow, compromising to the point of neglecting the Kingdom of Heaven, they too would live in countries that would allow them to practice their ‘faith’ without persecution.
Do not be surprised then when American Churchians who have fattened their hearts and are living in luxury by making concessions with an unjust and wicked kingdom, are entirely willing to appeal to the police force of this kingdom to silence those standing outside of churches, pleading with churchians to be Christians.
How do you expect this nation to allow Christians to practice Christianity if professing Christians will not even allow Christians to practice Christianity? The truth is, Christians do not have the liberty to practice Christianity in this nation. But they have the responsibility to do so, by the injunction of the Gospel they claim to possess.
Professing Christians do not have freedom to call themselves ‘Christian’ in the United States just because a temporal piece of paper that they call the Constitution says it grants freedom to professing Christians. The reason professing Christians in America have that freedom is for the same reason professing Christians in Nazi Germany had that freedom: ‘Christianity’ has become a meaningless word, representing meaningless gestures, and dead religion, culminating in meaningless humanism, doing nothing but taking the Christ’s name in vain.
The innocuous reputation of those who claim the name of Christ, who do not understand the Gospel, much less believe it, much less bring it into conflict with much of anything is what secures these Christians the freedom to practice this very same false religion.
One cannot consistently say that they are thankful to a godless nation for their freedoms. They can, however, consistently say that they are thankful to the sin of Churchianity for their freedom.
Repenting of Churchianity will bring persecution and injustice against Christians – not freedom. The world hates Christians. America hates Christians. It hates them because they are called out, not of this World, not of this America. Not long after they start acting like Christians, America will express this hatred. The reputation of Churchians will not help to stymie that reckoning, because they’re going to hate Christians too.
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.” (Matthew 10:16-25)
The early Christians were persecuted, not only because they refused to take part in the civil society of the Pax Romana, but because they sought to compete with it in the Kingdom and Government of God, which exhibited neither fiscal nor moral bankruptcy.
Real Abolitionism will endeavor to separate you from your idols. Including the comfort of manmade tradition or the esteem of celebrity theologians. You will have to choose between these things and the righteousness of Jesus Christ, for they are necessarily in opposition. You will even find Jesus Christ to be unworthy for most people.
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