Saturday, September 11, 2004

the kingdom of america or the kingdom of god?...

i find many people thinking these days on what is the best thing for america to do with the situation were in... by situation, i mean iraq, other foreign relations, foreign debt, security for our country, the economy, the assurance of a good future, etc...

here is what strikes me about jesus of nazareth's understanding of his reality: he makes the comment that he doesnt even hold his own blood family above his family of world-changing, cheek-giving, first-is-last followers... he gives no commendment to helping rome or even helping the nation of israel... interesting... seems this homeless man who had no place to rest his head held no allegiance... except to do what he saw the father doing...

[stop it ryan, you are oversimplifying matters... besides, you dont own a home or have kids... you are not paying higher income taxes like some of the rest of us... you dont have as much at stake in this place where you live... perhaps... they do say that idealism is the luxury of elite non-working trust-fund babies...]

anyways, as a person who is looking to be identified (some would say 'solely identified') as a follower of jesus, then i must make decisions that way, not through a strainer of american idealogy... but of world/humanity/creation idealogy... with special interest into only what jesus had special interest in, ie. the poor among us (not the spiritually poor who are driving their bmw's, but the really poor), those marginalized, especially by religion, and so on and so forth...

my point?... i think its simply that we vote this fall (and any time for that matter) and make some decisions that will affect the world, not just the united states... will we vote for the convenience and security of america or by the conviction of the heart of jesus, that we would love our neighbors...

am i oversimplifying?... perhaps... i just think we need to sometimes define the difference between the kingdom of god and the kingdom of america... thoughts?...

4 comments:

jda said...

agreed...we definately too often associate the kingdom of God with just being america. it is high time we started thinking about the other followers of the way in God's kingdom and how being americans we can try to do things to help and heal them.

Danae said...

God is a republican.

Just kidding... once again, good thoughts...

Ryan Lee Sharp said...

ben has some interesting quotes about the american way of life and its compatibility/distortion of the way of jesus...

Shadow said...

I think that in this time in history it is very important for us to really look at this issue, because for the most part Christians cannot separate their americanism and their religion, and cannot even see that it has influenced their way of looking at jesus, the bible, the world. I think many things that are said in done in the name of "Christianity" are merely things for "America"...for example, let's look at what I will call the "saved for the seat" message. We say that all we have to do to get to heaven is to believe and say a prayer; well isn't that nice and efficient? It's sells Christianity just as well as a "buy this car and get this nice air freshener free" sells the car. "just say this prayer, and get into heaven for free, no payments necessary". We don't wanna hear Jesus say, "follow me". we want a quick road to riches and glory.