{1 Peter 2:11-12; NLT}

Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

America has been known as a Christian nation due to the tremendous impact that the Christian faith has had on our society. At the same time, the Christian faith has become delusional, over-identifying itself with the society as a whole. A Christian revolution must live in tension with human societies and cultures. We want to see authentic Christian expression in every culture on this planet–in fact we are called to make it so. But there must never be a moment when we perceive Christianity as equal to the culture itself. When we begin to see being Christian and being American as indistinguishable, we lose the transforming essence of our faith. The ultimate goal of American Christianity should not be to make us good citizens but to make us revolutionaries in the cause of Jesus Christ.

Erwin McManus, An Unstoppable Force, p. 102

Questions to consider:

  • What does it mean for Christians to live as “temporary residents” in this world?
  • How has the Church's involvement in politics in the United Sates hurt the mission of the Church?
  • How is the cause of Jesus different from the national interests of the United States?


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