The American Religion

Skeptics say we’re becoming less religious. Looking at the political climate, I would say we’re more religious than ever. Americans just worship different gods. 

Look at the devotion they have to their particular political party. Their preachers are either liberal or conservative commentators on the radio or media channel of choice. Their grassroots sign wavers are the street preachers speaking of “salvation.”

They put more energy towards a donkey, elephant, or porcupine than anything else. That or they just follow a charismatic leader like Obama or a brash one like Trump. 

I can say this because this was me years ago. 

The opposing sides are demonized, and their own kooks are ignored. Every religion has an enemy. 

Behold your idols. 

Then you have that Q guy, and I ain’t talking about Star Trek. 

QAnon is talking about a systematic evil, and they’re actually right. But they’re not going deep enough. What we see here is happening in the spiritual realm where the powers and principalities are pulling strings. (Ephesians 6:12)

That level of evil won’t be dealt with until the end, and it’s off to the lake of fire for them. 

Online, there was a post about how a pair of friends on opposite sides of the political spectrum witnessed neighbors tearing down each others’ Trump and Biden signs. 

So they posed in a friendly picture to counter it. A commentator said they should be mortal enemies since they’re diametrically opposed. 

He had a point. Yet, look at it this way–that means the opposing sides would have to annihilate each other. That’s not cool.

Also, if you’re a Christian, you were once the mortal enemy of God. Anyone who chooses to be a friend to the world system is an enemy of God (James 4:4). 

Thank God that Jesus gave us a chance instead of wiping us out. He’s giving every opportunity to surrender. 

C.S Lewis put it like this, “In other words, fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms.”

Jesus said, “You’ve heard it said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you love your enemies…

Say what?

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Oh yeah, and pray for them too. (Matthew 5:42-44) Not that God strikes with lightning, either. Paul says to leave room for God’s wrath, quoting Deuteronomy 35:35. Don’t be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:19-21)

Lake of fire, remember. Oh, and our job is to try and keep people out of it. It’s not even meant for people. 

Different groups like to recruit Jesus to their cause. To quote Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly, “Nothing worse than a monster that thinks he’s right with God.”

Do you want to know whose side God is on?

In the book of Joshua, he saw a man standing in front of him with a DRAWN SWORD. He asked him, “Are you FOR us, or AGAINST us?”

Remember, Joshua led God’s chosen people, Israel. 

The man replied, NEITHER, but as commander of the Lord’s Army, I have come.” Joshua 5:13-15

Joshua worshipped him. Why? It was the pre-incarnate Jesus standing there. Do you want to know who God is for?

God.

You don’t get Jesus on your side, you get on Jesus’ side. And the Sermon on the Mount tells you what his people are supposed to look like. 

We have to check ourselves before we wreck ourselves.   

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