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Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies. – Psalm 139:21-22
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, [...] a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. – Ecclesiastes 3:8
The Subtitle of this post was meant to be "A Letter to A Christian Nation", but as I set words to (digital) paper I realized that this message was somewhat universal, and not just relevant to the United States.
America is a Christian Nation, unless of course you are
"Apostle" "Bishop" T.D. Jakes. But the statistics don't lie, the population of America is overwhelmingly Christian, according to the most recent polls a little more than 70% Christian, that's counting protestant and Catholic believers, and I say this as a Christian. A convinced and believing Protestant at that. In the past I have kept my faith a separate issue from my political writing (even to the point of receiving accusations of atheism from Christian readers) and today I will amend that mistake.
To start this conversation, we need to go back to the source of the problem, and I believe there are two problems in Christianity today; unconditional love and an absence of God's word in the church. Adherents to the popular "Puritan thesis" (of which I am not) might recognize the language I use when I say that we are all Quakers now. There's a strange thing that happens when you take the bible out of Christianity and replace it with the command of unconditional love and fuzzy feelings, and if you want to know what it looks like, just ask your nearest Quaker! Yes, loving someone unconditionally sounds very admirable from a certain perspective at first, but it can never be possible (or desirable) to achieve. In the 13th chapter of Corinthians Paul encourages the church to seek love, and he gives it one of the most profound definitions in literature, but one word he never uses to describe it is "unconditional". Unconditional love is a radical idea, not found in scripture. If that seems contrary to immediate notions, just look at the origins of it.
For an idea so closely related in modern thought to Christianity, it might be a shock to discover, in fact, the idea of Unconditional Love is completely modern, and as secular and subversive as the ideas of Sigmund Freud. The phrase first appears in the writing of Erich Fromm, the only son of Jewish parents. Fromm was an atheist, a socialist, and a psychologist who argued vehemently against Christianity and traditional gentile culture. There is an enlightening essay on this subject, and how this perversion of Biblical love was adopted by mainstream Christianity at the non political Christian blog of Kermit Zarley and for the other questions on reconciling love and hate as they are presented in the bible, I can give no better source than our brothers in Christ and in blood over at Faith and Heritage
The second obstacle within the church is our revulsion from the word of God. As I said before, America is 70% Christian. So ask yourself: Does it look like a majority Christian nation? Perhaps the reason there are so many Christians in a consumerist country like ours is that the bible is no longer preached? I have attended the standard church party, the praise/entertainment, the twenty minute sermon that either teaches heresy or a message that belongs in a Sunday school rather than a pulpit, and most recently naked apostasy from anything resembling a traditional church. Instead there is a rotten core, with only anti-Christs and false gospels.
The prosperity gospel, the Accommodation gospel, and the most hidden, the social gospel and liberation theology. When you remove the word of God from the Christian masses, how can they recognize a false teaching? How can they realize when their love is being used to manipulate them? And how are they supposed to know when to be angry, to hate? It's amazing that there are Christians who do not know there "a time to hate".
And through your unwillingness to hate the enemies of God, you have lost your country. Lost to a minority so small it could be a secular David and Goliath story, but instead of ending in a bloody battle, it ends with an emaciated giant surrendering everything it believes in to a small, wicked enemy. Your unconditional love has had an effect on America, don't get me wrong. It was taken as an unconditional surrender by your enemies. You hide behind the story of Christ eating with the tax collectors as an excuse to justify your conformity to the world. You are hiding the lamp under the bushel, and small wonder you have taken on the darkness with your unsound vision (Luke 11:34-36).
In the past several weeks #Cuckservative has been used to call out hypocrites in the GOP who refuse to stand up for their own constituents, and the likes of E.W. Erickson has shown just how confused Christianity is on social matters and discipleship. In America we have absolutely no idea what Christianity means. And we think because we mix a little post 1960's American Conservatism with a few bible verses especially if they're out of context and about God loving the world and not judging and casting stones at adulteresses, maybe some non biblical Christian entertainment like Touched by an angel or Highway to Heaven and we say "oh that's Christianity." And when those things are challenged (specifically the post 1960's pushover conservativism) we see it as a sour against Christian voters. Because Christians are supposed to be cultural Marxists on income, race and gender issues. It's what God wanted. Didn't you see that episode where the angels showed that racist what for?
Poor exegesis of Biblical texts have allowed all interpretation of Christ and the bible to be reduced to hippy sayings and hijacked by liberals with such infantile examples as "Jesus was an immigrant, he'd want open borders" and chants of "thou shalt not judge!" (Not even a biblical phrase) beating back any attempt at discussion. Hosea 4:6 says my people will be destroyed for their lack of knowledge. Consider that warning the next time you silence yourself when you say "all sin is equal" or "love the sinner, hate the sin" and ask yourself if what you are saying is really what the bible says, or what you want it to say. Ask yourself if your passivity and ignorance is destroying you and cheapening what you stand for in the eyes of others.