One way the Church in America is going to hurt the cause of Christ in the long run is if we are indiscriminate with our hitching of Christianity to politics. I have a serious issue with this because I suspect that one day the wagon of politics is going to roll right over the top of us Christians.
Beyond that, syncretism has destroyed more than one pastor, teacher, author, church or ministry over the years. In fact, I tend to believe that in this day and age syncretism of any kind is philosophically Enemy #1. Paul wrote:
Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
—1 Corinthians 5:6 ESV
Syncretism sneaks in like a microbe and the next thing you know, everything’s been rotted from the inside out.
This is why I couldn’t believe this Web site or the product it is selling: Bushfish.org.
I keep on telling myself it’s a joke, but if it is, it’s not a very funny one. If it’s not, well…I like President Bush and I think he has been a good president, but this is just wrong. In this same vein, I saw some T-shirts and ball caps that had the name of Jesus printed out in a font that consisted of the American flag and it took just about every ounce of my self-control to keep from screaming.
We’ve got to be very wise. I think that Evangelicals especially have tried to wrap themselves in the robes of Christ’s righteousness and an American flag cloak at the same time, but we simply can’t wear both. Christians belong to a different nation altogether. There is no equivalence between being a citizen of Heaven and a citizen of the United States. One of those must come second—a distant second.
I am totally for our country-there’s never been a country like this one—but we simply can’t syncretize America and Jesus. He’s Lord of all, not just Americans, and being an American is not the magic pass key through the gates of Heaven. Love America a little, but love the Lord a whole lot.
To quote a famous line from an old TV show: “People, let’s be careful out there.”