Here we go: round three of Patriot Week here on the blog.
On Monday, I asked you if “under God” really needed to be in the Pledge of Allegiance. Though opinions varied, the consensus slanted toward “No,” “I only pledge allegiance to God,” or “We have more important fights to fight.”
On Wednesday, when asked if God is cursing America, the comments slanted toward, “Probably not,” “If He is, oh well, since we don’t pledge allegiance to America anyway,” and “Pat Robertson is an idiot.”
I expected many of the comments to go this way. Additionally, several people unknowingly brought up today’s topic:
America is under attack.
Well, more specifically, Christian America is under attack. Wherever you look, Christianity is being attacked, censored and restricted on all sides. All this, while Christian ethics and values are abandoned and America goes to hell, just when there’s a shortage of handbaskets.
Well, if you were part of the consensus of the last two days, today’s post is the inevitable conclusion you have to make about your duty to fight for Christian American values.
Christian America Under Attack
Some of you felt on Monday that we have bigger fish to fry than argue over the words “under God.” But what are the hills that are really worth dying on?
If you think Christianity is under attack, then perhaps you do think the pledge is a fight worth fighting. To others, Christmas is worth going to war over. For other Christians, fighting gay marriage is a must.
Virtually every Christian has some righteous cause to fight for. And even if we actually hear the voice of God telling us to go and fight for a cause, most of the time, those causes are in some way linked to defending some kind of ideal “America,” (even if we don’t admit it.) We’re going to fight for “traditional American” families and values. We’re going to try to save a nostalgic memory of Christian America that we feel is being attacked.
Winning the Battle, Losing the War
The problem is that when a minority tries to save a society from itself, it never works.
A hundred years ago, a few crusty old Christians tried to save America (and other nations) from its sins of excessive drinking. Surely, alcohol and all the fun it caused were a blight on society that must be eliminated to avoid God’s righteous judgement. It was the hill to die on to “take back America.”
Of course, you know the end of the story. The righteous Christian victory over booze resulted in the biggest explosion of sin and debauchery and organized crime our culture had ever seen. Everyone would’ve been much better off if Christians had minded their own business.
That’s the way the story goes every time Christians try to force people into their way of life. We end up looking like a bunch of backwards thinking hillbillies who cause more problems than we solve. It was true for prohibition. It will be true for any cultural movement we fight today.
Put Down Your Arms
Like a majority of you said: you don’t pledge allegiance to America, God’s probably not cursing America, and if America goes down, it’s okay because we have the Kingdom of God…or something like that.
Then you know what you have to do, right?
We have to stop fighting everyone.
We have to stop making enemies of everyone. It isn’t going to do any good. We can’t keep trying to make people say “Christmas” and “under God.” We can’t keep trying to pry gays apart from one another. We have to stop being so obsessed with others’ behavior.
If you don’t believe God is cursing us, then what are you trying to save us from? If you don’t pledge allegiance to America, then what do you care if God is cursing it? Jesus spent virtually all of his attention on the wrongs within the religious community, with no attention given to the wrongs the Romans were committing.
We don’t have to like anything people do. But we aren’t going to stop them by telling them they can’t do it. We can’t stop them by telling them God’s gonna curse them, because we saw Wednesday that never works either. We have to reach them personally and show them an alternative that’s actually better than what they’ve got.
Well, what say you? Are we in a fight for our future, and the enemy is the secular progressives? Or do we win the fight by laying down our arms? Or do we just stop caring about what everyone else does?