Saturday, July 11, 2009

Reclaiming / transforming nation for God?

There are slogans everywhere from churches' bulletin to pulpit sermons to reclaim and transform the nation for Christ. While at first sight, that seems reasonable with all the 'cultural mandate' and 'great commission' being taught to us. But often our approaches to bring heaven on earth are seldom being critically contemplated.

We, Christians, are all too fired up to win the nation for Christ. But what does that really mean?

We need to think about that question before jumping too soon onto any lobbying effort or action masqueraded as attempts made "for the glory of God".

Here is a quotation by one of the leader of a great nation:
The national government will maintain and defend the foundations on which the power of our nation rests. It will offer strong protection to Christianity as the very basis of our collective morality.

Today Christians stand at the head of our country. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit. We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theatre, and in the press - in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess during recent years.

Now imagine that you've heard those words from your nation's leader. You might have felt that God has raised him up for the job to restore the country back to God. You might have thought that you are at the dawn of a new glorious epoch.

And now, please guess who gave that speech?

Not by an American president, nor a theologian, nor a biblical scholar, nor famous Christian leaders/preachers who travel around the world to teach people how to transform or win nations for God. Those are the words of Adolf Hitler. ("My New Order, The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, 1922-1939", Vol. 1, pp. 871-872, Oxford University Press, London, 1942). HT: James McGrath

Nothing wrong with wanting to reclaim or transform nations for Christ, but do so only after you have critically thought over it.

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