There is a misunderstanding in Christian culture in the United States of America. Many believe we are a Christian nation. I say we are a mission field, and you can’t be both. Which place would you rather live? Both sides seem to want to interpret history according to how they want it to be. I am a Christian. I love Jesus and want none to perish, but all to come to a place of repentance in knowing the one true God. If you know me personally or my writings, you know that I care deeply about people knowing Jesus and following Him with their lives. So, which is best? Is it best to live in a mission field or in a nation that can top down legislate according to Christianity all the time?
Bullying people into right behavior doesn’t change their heart. I am not saying you shouldn’t care about political issues as a Christian, but legislating Christianity is not the same as preaching the Gospel. The Good News of Jesus Christ should not be shrunk down into a list of things we are against. Christianity has always gone against the grain of the culture. Soren Kierkegaard knew this when he said, “The situation is this. If everyone around defines himself as being a Christian just like ‘the other,’ then no one, if it is looked at this way, is really confessing Christ.”
People who push the ideology that we are a Christian nation to get there way politically don’t realize that it hinders the Kingdom of God. The advancement of the invisible Kingdom is altered because you end up with fake Christians. A fake Christian is someone who blends in. They do not really believe, but they are benefiting from being in the Christian subculture. To see more true conversions, we need there to be more at stake for saying you are one of us.
What God is doing right now in America is setting us up to be in a mission field. Give up the dream of a theocratic government. We are not Ancient Israel. Jesus is not leading our nation. He doesn’t approve of our views on marriage, our lack of taking care of the poor or the killing of hundreds of thousands of unborn babies a year. God doesn’t want to put his stamp on us as a nation yet. To declare us a Christian nation when we do not obey Christ is insulting to Jesus!
Yet the U.S. has qualities of a mission field. We are blessed to live in the greatest country of the world with millions of people who need to encounter the living Christ. We are able to share the love of Jesus freely with people everywhere as they discover He is the only true answer. We don’t have to leave here all the time and go to the ends of the earth. This is not Jerusalem. This is a Judea and we are moving towards it looking like the ends of the earth. God has a plan for your neighbor. That plan might not be getting you to like the same news channel or agree on social issues. That plan does include you stepping into their world as a missionary and teaching them about Christ.
You see when you go into a mission field you do certain things. You develop a deep understanding and love for the people and the culture. The church needs to understand we are a separate culture from the people around us. That is what it means when we say, “We are not of this world.” The non-believers around you don’t get you. Don’t use words like fellowship, justification or propitiation. They don’t care about your end of days ideas, thoughts on baptism or if you are eternally secure or not. They may learn that language as they are saved and grow, but these people around you are a mission field. They are not a nation of Christians.
Welcome to the mission field, go and tell the world. The harvest is plentiful but more workers are needed (Luke 10:2).
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