The Message of Jesus vs. Political-Bourgeois American Christianity

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  1. Kara says:

    So much I agree with. A challenge for each of us to ask, “Do our political positions flow from a biblical worldview or a cultural one?” I love the following paragraph:

    “To do otherwise is to “follow Jesus at a distance” with a politically and culturally driven worldview. Christ must be the “center” of our politics, and biblical ethics must be the “catalyst” of our life choices, as well as our political decisions and cultural preferences. The Biblical Jesus is above culture, ideology, and politics. He is not subservient to cultural traditions, political ideologies, or national and ethnic identity.”

  2. Mezzula5 says:

    “As followers of Christ and Children of light, let us not politicize the message and gospel of Jesus Christ…We need to treat our neighbor and the stranger among us with love, compassion, and dignity. We need to tell our friends and neighbor about Jesus. Jesus only!”
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    I agree with that assessment.

    Peace,
    Mezzula5

  3. Jeff says:

    In my mind, it stands to reason that if somebody hates “Western Christianity” and/or “American bourgeois Christianity,” said person would flee from it, not make a living from it.

  4. Mezzula5 says:

    “We need to divorce biblical Christianity from American Political Christianity.”
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    I agree with that assessment.

    Peace,
    Mezzula5

  5. DCal3000 says:

    Continuing to build on my previous posts, the author arguably could mean that “Western Christianity” is the calloused, political-religious ideology of segregationists and the worst robber barons. In that sense, he would be right–that’s not biblical Christianity. On the other hand, is it fair to use “Western Christianity” as the label for that? Does the blood of countless martyrs–Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox–count for nothing? Do the tears of slaves and abolitionists, the tireless efforts of missionaries, the faithful prayers of old and young, the struggles of the Civil Rights movement, the intellectual renewal of the Protestant Reformation, the evangelical efforts to feed the poor and needy–do they all count for nothing? The author really, really should define his terms. Otherwise, it sounds as though he himself is politicizing Christianity.

  6. DCal3000 says:

    To illustrate my previous point: The author condemns “Western Christianity,” which he states has “perverted and distorted biblical Christianity.” Yet what is “Western Christianity”? Traditionally black churches in the United States arose in the West, and they draw from Protestantism, which also arose in the West. Have they all “perverted and distorted biblical Christianity”? Or, alternatively, is the author implying that traditionally black churches–which have been such powerful voices against oppression–have contributed nothing to Christian culture in the West? Such a charge would be grievously flawed, especially on this website.

  7. DCal3000 says:

    The author of this article has a commendable allegiance to Christ-centered discipleship. And that’s why it’s tragic that so much of the rest of the message here is problematic. Chiefly, the terms aren’t defined. He condemns “American Christianity,” “American bourgeois Christianity,” “Western Christianity,” and “lifeless Christianity.” But to whom is he referring? Republicans? White Christians? Black Christians? American Christians? Obviously, anything other than biblical Christianity is a false religion, but surely there are strands of biblical Christianity that flow through Western culture.

    1. Bill C says:

      I think you need to get around some of your own biases with all due respect and realize what he is trying to say here. I get it. The point he is trying to make, which I agree, is that American Christianity too often is out of touch with the homeless, the poor, the immigrant, and those outside of our own cultural norms or circles. It is as if Christ “fits” only within our own particular culture, or only to those we know. The gospel is to be preached to all, regardless of color, background, or if a person is a stranger in our midst. So, please, take this in the proper context. Heaven is made up of all kinds of folks. The church should reflect that and I believe the author has stated his points well using scripture for making his case

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