The Myth of American Christianity

Today, I will write brave, mighty words.

Today, my friends, I will tell you something that has weighed heavy on my heart for the past few weeks and has been a serious issue for me ever since I found Christ: American Christianity is a myth and an oxymoron, emphasis on moron.

I can not stand it when people use the term “American Christianity” or identify themselves as an “American Christian”. Honestly, it makes me sick to my stomach, it gives me migraines and it makes me downright mad, and here’s why:

There is no such thing as an “American Christian”. The concept doesn’t exist in Scripture and it doesn’t compute in the Body of Christ, the Church (I’m speaking of the universal Church here, the body of believers in the whole world).

This is my belief: if you are American, you are not Christian and if you are Christian, you are not American. Replace “American” with any other nationality and the point is made. If you are European, you are not Christian and if you are Christian, you are not European. If you are Asian, you are not Christian and if you are Christian, you are not Asian. I could go on, but I won’t. I’m pretty sure you get the point.

Christianity, belief in the divinity and the loving sacrifice of Christ for our sins and the act of following His teachings, supersedes everything. Let me give you a Scriptural point and example of this:

In his letter to the Galatians, Paul wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)

Let me break this down for you: the sacrifice of Christ and the belief in His saving grace and following His teachings destroys all boundaries and identities, from social (slave/free), gender (male/female) and national (Jew/Greek). In the Body of Christ, there is no such thing as national identity, for we all identify solely with Christ.

Let me give you another example: when Onesimus, a slave, ran away from his master, Philemon, he met up with Paul and became a Christian. Paul encouraged him to return to his master, since Christ’s teachings instruct reconciliation to those we have harmed/have harmed us. In his letter to Philemon, Paul says that he is sending Onesimus to Philemon that he “might have him back forever no longer as a bondservant (slave) but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother— especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.” (Philemon 1:15b-16; emphasis mine)

Onesimus returns to Philemon, no longer as a slave, but as a brother. The boundary between slave and master has been broken. It no longer exists.

We, as Christians, should learn to shed our identity of whatever nation we belong to and identify solely as part of the kingdom of God.

I know that’s hard. Believe me, I’ve tried, and I try every day to refer to myself only as a disciple of Christ and a child of God, the one true King.

Switchfoot had a song which had a line that said: “I pledge allegiance to a country without borders, without politicians.”

Can we, as Christians do that? Can we stop pledging allegiance to our countries that have caused so much pain and war and chaos? Can we live in a country and still obey it’s laws and regulations that do not disagree with the commands of our God and not identify ourselves by that nationality? Can we renounce our citizenship to whatever country we live in and choose to be known only as citizens of God’s eternal kingdom?

Is what I’m asking even Biblical? Is it right? Is it logical? Or am I just another crazy preacher trying to get you to join my cult?

That’s for you to decide. Look at how you live and what standards you live by: do you live that way because it is the Biblical, Christian way to live or because it is the way of your nation and the traditions of your forefathers and ancestors? Are you American Christian? Are you European Christian? Are you Asian Christian, Australian Christian, African Christian? Or are you just…Christian?

Think about it.

Until next time, keep the faith.

One Love. One God. One Way.

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