I love this. This has a lot to do with why I feel furthest from the church in America when I see Christians more apt to defend “America” from criticism than they are to uphold a particular theological dogma. (And here, I include “dogmas” that are rightfully insisted upon “basics” of the faith of the church.
“The church has fallen in love with the state and this love affair is killing the church’s imagination. Too often the patriotic values of pride and strength triumph over the spiritual virtues of humility, gentleness and sacrificial love. It’s easy to have political views-that’s what politicians do. But it’s much harder to embody a political alternative-that’s what saints do.”
â€” from Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw