A Christian Majority: The American Demise

Consider the 2008 Gallup poll surveying the population in America: “The percentage of Americans who identify with some form of a Christian religion has been dropping in recent decades, and now stands at 77%.”

Seventy-seven percent is a majority.  There are two great majorities in this country that impact the outcome of the polls every 4 years in the presidential race.  One of them is the very active minority group of homosexuals, who feel threatened and so actively participate in all things political.  The second group with huge impact and oddly with the lowest voter turnout are people who call themselves Christian.  I don’t mean to sound condescending– merely stating the fact that many call themselves Christian simply to identify with a group.  Truly the term “Christian” is what historically the followers of Christ have been called by secular societies going back to the times of Rome.  The term Christian is nowhere used in Scripture by the followers of Christ to identify themselves.  It is always an outside group characterizing, identifying, or better yet– “cataloguing” (for that is the only way people are comfortable with each other when we can fit each kind of people group into some sort of paradigm we think we understand, “oh you’re one of them.”) followers of God’s own fool as Michael Card put it way back when.  Consider the lyrics:

It seems I’ve imagined Him all of my life
As the wisest of all of mankind
But if God’s Holy wisdom is foolish to men
He must have seemed out of His mind

For even His family said He was mad
And the priest said a demon’s to blame But God in the form of this angry young man
Could not have seemed perfectly sane

Chorus:
When we in our foolishness thought we were wise
He played the fool and He opened our eyes
When we in our weakness believed we were strong
He became helpless to show we were wrong

So we follow God’s own Fool
For only the foolish can tell
Believe the unbelievable
Come be a fool as well

Come lose your life for a carpenter’s son
For a madman who died for a dream
Then you’ll have the faith His first followers had
And you’ll feel the weight of the beam

So surrender the hunger to say you must know
Have the courage to say, “I believe”
For the power of paradox opens your eyes
And blinds those who say they can see

Chorus

So we follow God’s own Fool
For only the foolish can tell
Believe the unbelievable
Come be a fool as well

Christian culture in America is very comfortable calling Christ the wisest of all men.  Here is why a distinction is important: this philosophy permeates our outlook and world view especially when it comes to interacting with individuals and people groups that do not sit down and believe this truly in their hearts.  Let me differentiate further the wisdom of God in the form of this angry young man called Christ and a secular view of the wisdom of Christ.  If you ask anyone in America about Jesus Christ, the man 77% of the population in 2008 identify with in some way, I guarantee you they will tell you Christ was a wise prophet– something along the lines as wise as Ghandi or Plato.  “He was simply a wise man” they say.  Everyone seems to think this.  Don’t you Christian?  If there are any Christians that read this blog..  Christ the “wise man” is not the view that Scripture portrays and that is not the view that Christ Jesus takes of himself!  He calls himself one with God, “I and the Father are one.” The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him.  Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?”  The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.”

How then can anyone by conventional wisdom call Jesus wise?  Imagine what current societal standards would label a man that called himself God–  A lunatic, deranged, out there, “what drug is he on?”  The list would go on.  The point of all this is to help the reader understand that 77% of the population of America cannot be truly “Christian” followers of Christ.  They don’t seem out of their mind by worldly standards.  On the contrary, most fit in quite well and thus vote for the winning team, or the lesser of two evilsm etc.  There is no free or biblical thought here.

The other reasion that I mention God’s own fool is that it is a great disgrace to biblical teaching to call one’s self “Christian” and identify with a man like George Bush, Sr and Jr, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or Sarah Palin.  I mean, everyone else is, right?  So why not you too Christian?  These men and women in office by their actions alone do not adhere to biblical standards, nor do they seek to glorify God as representatives.  Yet, a Christian majority seems to pledge allegiance to a political party, such as the Republicans, so easily.

“One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them.” –Thomas Sowell

This leads to the conclusion of this argument.  The group called “Christian” voters has become so infatuated with Republican candidates, especially when there is a democrat in office, that they will believe whatever that person says.  It is a great disgrace to any thinking man to go to a rally lead by Mitt Romney and to come away with a sense of hope.  It is illogical and contradictory to biblical truth to hang on to the words of Sarah Palin or Paul Ryan and to fall for these sooth sayers because of a very sad argument that Obama has to go, or the lesser of two evils.  The wisdom of man, not of Christ, believes these things.  Like all good sin, man will rationalize and justify until such stupid arguments like these sound good enough to believe.  I have been told that because I might consider a third party or writing a representative’s name on the ballot that I am part of the problem or might get Obama re-elected– as if Mitt Romney is some how better.

The logic of it all is sickening.  The people calling themselves Christian and falling for the Republican hype are saddening.  Yet, they will belittle and make fun of people who say, “Obama got me a phone!”  You are no better Christian for casting your lot with the Republican camp so blindly!

If Christians are going to be consistent with biblical truth and the teachings of Christ they need to prepare themselves to be called like God’s own fool was.  They need to flee from the philosophy that Jesus was the wisest of all men.  He was and is the Saviour of the world.  You must believe that if you are to be called “Christian” by the outside world.  If you truly believe that Christ is Lord, and not just Lord, but LORD: Yahweh, your world view will translate completely different.  Church isn’t simply something you do on Sundays.  It becomes more.  Its the reason Islam is so powerful and influential today– because Islam isn’t just something you do on Sundays.  It is a world view!  It permeates every thought and thing you do if you are a Muslim.  Christianity today can be liked to just another American flavor.  The truth of Christ as presented in the actions of Christian Voters is just something to be stepped over.  It carries no strength to it.  If Christianity was truly a world view a man like Mitt Romney would not be praised in the churches across the nation.  It is precisely because God was not their world view that the Hebrews, who wandered in the desert for 40 years remained in the desert— every year they voted for Sarah Palin, then Guliani, then George Bush again, then Mitt Romney while with condescension they looked down on the democrats.  Look at the historic parallels!  Here we are in America with a similar problem.  We are not a Christ following nation- a nation that gives glory to God.  That has long gone because of the decline of active Christianity in politics, in school, at home, at work.  Instead it has become, vote Republican, pro-war, shuffle your feet like everyone else.

Followers of Christ– however many of them are truly followers of the 77% will wander in the wildnerness just as the Hebrew nation did if they again settle for a Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

~ by Majestic on October 14, 2012.

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