I recently read a short article written by Andrew Strom entitled Is Politics ruining Christianity. I took grave exception to it, and I would like to explain why. I have always wondered what was behind this view and attitude towards America. Why was it just America that always appeared to get the brunt of such criticism and not South Africa, South America or perhaps China, Russia or Europe? Are there not nationalistic Christians in all of these countries, so why are people so set against Americans in the USA who claim to be Christians and seek to keep their freedoms in the bill of rights and the constitution?
Let me recap in a few words the message I got from Andrew Strom, who is not a US citizen, but a citizen of New Zealand, this is what I took away from the article linked above. I won’t exactly quote the article, you can read it if you want, but here is the message:
Christians in America are too nationalistic, this reminds me of the words of Barack Obama – “they cling to their guns and their bibles”. Strom claims that Americans, not New Zealanders, rather than preaching the gospel are hollering angrily at the wicked over the constitution, gun rights, anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-liberal, illegal immigration and anti-family measures that are propagated by the wicked people of this world. He goes on to quote the scripture “Our Kingdom is Not of This World”. I take it that he is really saying – “rather than voting or other political activities, because that makes the wicked mad, Americans should instead preach the gospel”. It sounds good, but is it?