Civil Religion Is Definitely Back

ICYMI:  First Baptist Dallas was lit this past week.

Many evangelical churches have a patriotic service on the weekend of July 4.  But First Baptist Dallas didn’t wait; they had theirs last weekend, complete with fireworks, a ginormous choir, and a full-on military processional.  Jonathan Aigner at Ponder Anew gives a rundown on how it went down, and he even has a link where you can watch it for yourself if you care to.

This is not surprising.  As noted in the previous post, FBC Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress is an inveterate Donald Trump supporter.  His preaching is a steady diet of sermons to the effect that America is a Christian nation, with a few snippets of Scripture thrown in for good measure.

This is not Christianity, people.  Never has been, and never will be.

What about those for whom the American dream has not worked out quite so well?  As noted in the last post, the American dream has a seamy underbelly.  Many people still bear on their backs the scars inflicted by prior generations.  Would they have recognized anything Christian in what happened at FBC Dallas this past week?

What about those who are not from America?  Would they have recognized anything Christian in what happened at FBC Dallas this past week?

What about those who are not Christian?  Would they have recognized anything Christian in what happened at FBC Dallas this past week?  Would they have felt anything remotely resembling the call of the Holy Spirit to turn to Jesus Christ?  For that matter, would Jesus Christ have been anywhere remotely within the vicinity?

Think of this through the grid of “What does love require of me?”.  I refuse to believe that what love requires of me is to believe and proclaim a version of Christianity that puts America first above all else, with a vision of America that excludes all but privileged Christian white males.

This is not Christianity, people.  Never has been, and never will be.

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