Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Bearing Witness against America

I never tire of saying that we live in a fundamentally pagan culture. Until we get that through our heads, we will not bear witness rightly.

In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Windsor, Peter Leithart has some wise words.

We’ve fooled ourselves for decades into believing that Christian America was derailed recently and by a small elite. It’s tough medicine to realize that principles inimical to traditional Christian morals are now deeply embedded in our laws, institutions and culture. The only America that actually exists is one in which “marriage” includes same-sex couples and women have a Constitutional right to kill their babies. To be faithful, Christian witness must be witness against America. 

God has his winnowing fork in his hand, and he’s ready to use it. There’s likely to be a lot of chaff, blown away like mist. But there will be a harvest. We’re being sent into an oven, but Jesus will crush the grain of the harvest so that, baked in the fire of the Spirit, it will become bread for the life of the world. 

Cause for despair? Certainly not. Cause for repentance and sobriety? Certainly.

Back in 1978, George Grant wrote in a letter,

It seems to me that Western Christianity is now going to go through a great purging of its authority because it was in the civilization where it was dominant that the worst form of secularity has arisen and is likely to become worldwide. Both Roman Catholicism and Protestantism are going to pay terrible prices...for the ultimate relation they maintained with that progressive materialism.

 But having recognized the awful truth and repented of our complicity with Americanism, the next step is not to take out our flame-throwers and start praying for God to damn America. It is rather to engage America in love, like our Lord Jesus Christ. This is our mission field, and if we love our neighbors, we cannot help but seek their eternal good. 

A crucial step in doing that is recovering the church as the pillar and buttress of the truth and the centerpiece of Christian identity in the world. Pray that as God purifies his church, she will once again become a vibrant witness to her glorious Savior.

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