AMERICAN TRADITIONALISM VS. BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY

In the United States are we really practicing what the Bible teaches?  Sometimes it’s hard to separate the truth of the Bible from the way it’s practiced in a given culture.  So let’s take a look at what one might call traditional American Christianity, American Traditionalism compared with Biblical Christianity.  Maybe we can start to see the problem, and if so, perhaps also see the solution.

                                
American Traditionalism                          Biblical Christianity
Salvation:
Being a good person                           Faith in Jesus & his work on cross
Worldview:  
I’m a Patriotic American          I’m literally a citizen of Heaven
Tolerance:   
I don’t want to offend anyone    This is the truth, politely, I love you
(or) its exactly like this          don’t have to agree, but that’s my position
Evangelism:  
Religion stays in church          I actively share my faith with friends, family, 
Foreign Policy:
we need to get the terrorists         Pray for & love the terrorists into repentance
Lost people:
Keep druggies, prostitutes and gays out        Welcome sinners to repentance with compassion
Relevance:   
Seeker friendly? No way!                 Constantly becoming all things to all people in
cultural presentation; adapting always
Sovereignty:
God gets Sunday, the rest is mine              God is literally sovereign over all aspects of my life
Resurrection:
I don’t know, faith is blind                         Yes, I really truly believe Jesus is alive in Heaven
Pastor: 
Rebukes you, and yells at you, condemns            Loves, encourages, and exhorts congregation
Powerful, too busy to see you                           Literally considers himself a humble servant
Congregation:
Weekly holier-than-thou session         Loving humble flock of troubled sinners repenting
Daily life:
God is a part of my life                                     God is the engine of my entire life
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