Independence Day and the state of the church in America.

Mark Anthony Escalera:

An article written by Pilgrim 4 years ago, and even more applicable today.

Originally posted on Defending. Contending.:

Today marks the 234th anniversary of our nation’s birth, but this occasion brings to mind two problems that I see within Christendom; both of which have the same solution.

Firstly, why do we (every year at this time) feel the need to mix nationalism with the church? On this Sunday, Christians will be running from church to BBQs and parties; some won’t even need to leave the church property as all the festivities will be rolled into one like a church in my local area advertising the events they’re having at their “community freedom festival” which include:

Pony rides / Face painting / Food and drinks / Sno-cones, popcorn, cotton candy / Games and prizes / Bounce houses / Giant slide / Dunk tank / Crafts for the kids / Live music / And much more.

Remember, dear readers, this is a “church.” The only reference on their advertisement that…

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One thought on “Independence Day and the state of the church in America.

  1. I left the following comment on the original article. I thought it would be germane to leave the comment here as well.
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    Romans 13:1-2 NASB, “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.”

    Romans 12:6-8 NASB, “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly…he who leads, with diligence”

    Colossians 3:23, 24 NASB, ” Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”

    U.S. Constitution, Preamble, Article 1 Section 1, “We the People of the United States…do ordain and establish…All…Powers herein granted…”

    Call me crazy and I see the above Scriptures plus the fact that we are rulers in a sovereign nation as a mandate that we are responsible to be informed, active and diligent in political matters.

    I also see those Scriptures as a mandate for me to speak, reason and work towards policies – within the nation where I’m accountable as a ruler – that will maximize opportunities for believers to share faith, provide aid to others at home and abroad, to have personal liberty to practice faith and to protect innocent individuals from harm.

    Christians have historically been a primary influence on the United States and the nation is (even to this day) one of only a handful of exceptional nations in the history of the world. If was founded on the principle that because God is the highest source of law, that therefore the law is static while enacted and applies to everyone, even leaders. It also assumes that all rights are God given and reside with individuals, who in turn tell the government what it can and cannot do. Almost every nation in the history of the world before the United States has been diametrically backwards on both of these points, and the fruits of that backwardness has inevitably been the literal destruction of individual lives, liberty and property.

    We are not a “Christian” nation per say, but we are a nation where Christianity has been afforded amazing influence and outreach.

    Has our nation been turning away from it’s Christian heritage and it’s history of individual liberty? Unquestionably. We are now at a point where God must (and has actively started to) judge our nation for the slaughter of 57 million innocent children. And that’s been a symptom (Molech) of our worship of sex and self empowerment (Ashtoreth and Baal). The spirit of self empowerment has now become enshrined in openly practiced neo-paganism and militant secularism, and the fruit of this has been a steady destruction of societal norms and traditional values.

    I don’t think anyone can deny that the United States has been on the decline for a long time now.

    But I see the decline as partly symptomatic of the problem of believers in the U.S. refusing to be salt and light. Our lack of involvement in civil society is de facto giving this nation over to the powers of darkness and when a nation is given to darkness, bad things are unnecessarily allowed to happen.

    I believe I’m responsible to vote, reason and warn. And to govern diligently in so far as it concerns doing my own small part.

    “each of us is to exercise them accordingly…he who leads, with diligence”

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