Interestingly enough, America's stability is one of the top concerns on the minds of many today. There was a time in recent history when America felt secure in knowing that the most formidable enemies were abroad. Not so today. While we are concerned with terrorist attacks, and rightly so, there is a greater threat from corruption within.
As civil society thins and as Americans become less connected to the pre-political aspects of life, the cultural weight lands on politics. To put it bluntly, our politics cannot handle the amount of weight we currently expect of it. As a result, we are experiencing two unsustainable consequences.
As we noted yesterday, many are blaming evangelicals for the Capitol riots and calling on us to repudiate “Christian nationalism.” There are many ways to understand this term, but a common definition is that “the United States was founded as a Christian nation and must continue to be one.”
This subject is far more complex than we have space to discuss fully, but I will note that nations are geopolitical entities with borders, populations, and governments. By contrast, a Christian is a person who has trusted in Christ as their personal Savior and Lord. A nation cannot do this. As a result, neither America nor any other nation can logically be a “Christian nation.”
Our cultural emphasis on personal “truth” is literally killing people. How should we respond biblically? The Christian worldview centers in following Christ. It can be pictured by our Lord’s famous metaphor: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me” (Matthew 11:29). This means (a) we follow his leadership, (b) we serve no one before him, (c) we work where he leads us rather than the field of our choosing, (d) our work accomplishes a larger purpose than we can know, and (e) our work is not finished until he says it is.
I am hopeful that our commitment to the fact that “all men are created equal” will empower us to face our challenges together while embracing the value and beliefs of every American. But it is this very commitment to the equality of all people that could be our greatest spiritual peril today.