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.
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