Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Runaway Christendom

It seems like the last time one of God's people tried this, he was served up as an unsatisfactory appetizer to a whale.

The people of Christian Exodus are drop-dead serious about "retaking" America one blue state at a time. They are appealing to conservative Christian Republicans around the country to move to two select northern South Carolina counties to begin a Christian political revival.

Once in power, the Christian Exodus group intends to:

  • Make abortion illegal
  • Ban sodomy and gay marriage
  • Reinstitute Bible study, teach creationism, and promote Christian prayer in public schools
  • Publically display the 10 commandments

    Sound enticing? I'm pretty sure I've seen this group before. They run my former HOA.

    I'm quite sure the FBI is now keeping tabs on a group that is, although lacking in direct challenges, essentially forming a coup of the current American government. If they could take over South Carolina, would they secede if the Supreme Court shot down their legal experiments? Would they form an army to fight against the inevitable border formation of U.S. Army troops?

    Attempts at organize Christians such as this one always start out as well-meaning. Quite often they dissolve before they ever begin, and I consider that a merciful act of God. If allowed to carry out such a seclusionist tract, they end up with people drinking Kool-Aid in Jonestown.

    If you think that's a rash comparison, consider that the People's Temple in San Francisco in the 70s was a thriving mainline denomination community with major political clout. It didn't start out as a militant rebellion. But when you choose to infuse the radical nature of Christianity with radical politics and culture, you don't usually get anything looking like the Body of Christ.

    This kind of movement doesn't surprise me at all. Christians feel they can no longer affect the world they live in because they've been promised something that I don't think God ever promises: Political power. And that is exactly what this group is seeking to "regain." It's disappointing.

    Nowhere do I see in this organization's message an attempt to trumpet the Gospel. They are really carrying the banner for Adam Smith and George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

    Those were great men with fine ideas, but they were not prophets of God.

    Five families -- about a dozen people -- have become early adopters of this agenda and moved to South Carolina. The CE leaders are hoping for 2,500 by Sept. 2006, just in time to be registered for an election. If they ever get a major public figurehead to promote their cause -- Pat Robertson, for example -- they should be able to exceed these numbers.

    Whether they will succeed or not, it is a sad commentary on a Church that continues to ignore the real transformational power of God. He did not leave us here on earth to reach pacts and broker political contracts. Whose kingdom are we pursuing?

    The power of the Kingdom of God is at our fingertips if we would focus on His agenda, not ours. We are to be led by the Spirit, not of the wisdom of men.
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