The Church as the Conscience of the State? Bad Idea
A video making its way around the news circuit features the church of Pastor Dennis Terry hosting GOP candidate Rick Santorum for a political “revival” meeting.
Its a little scary…
And its indicative of what happens when the Kingdom of Heaven and the American Republic get seen as one and the same. Poor Pastor Terry…in his eyes the bad guys are winning so he’s backing the candidate who. to him, represents Truth, Justice, and the American Way.
If you watch the below video you see that he declares (and even puts it on Power Point) that, “The Church is the conscience of the State.”
Now I’ve read the New Testament and there are many things that the church is called to do…but I don’t remember “the conscience of the state” being one of them.
In fact I’m pretty sure that instead of being “the conscience of the state”, the church is supposed to be representing, and foreshadowing, the Kingdom of God. Its not supposed to be the morality police for a temporal nation-state but instead declaring that there is a new King on the throne and he is calling all people to come and and be citizens of His Kingdom. A Kingdom centered on Christ and that emanates love and forgiveness.
But instead of operating as an Ambassador of God’s Kingdom demonstrating that love and forgiveness to a captive audience, Pastor Terry instead chooses the role of “the angry American” who is watching the privileged position he inherited as a white, male, Christian slip away He is flailing and grasping for what is “temporal” at the expense of representing the “eternal”.
The Church as the Conscience of the State? Definitely a “bad idea”!
There is a better way Pastor Terry…there is a better way!
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