It is very encouraging to witness a ground swell of Evangelism here in America. More to the point, there is real effort of Evangelism, of spreading the word of God and not some trendy version of it. This uprising of God is a return to New Testament living.
“Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.” Ecclesiastes 1:10
National Church or Kingdom Church: The Challenges of the New America (Pt. 1)
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A new America is aborning before our eyes. Immigration and other factors are changing political philosophies, voting patterns, sociological assumptions, cultural expressions, and religious, moral, and ethical beliefs and styles.
There must be a new church for new America – really the “old church“, that of the early New Testament fellowship where there was “neither Gentile nor Jew, slave nor free, male nor female,” but a common community retaining some cultural and social distinctives, yet transcending them in their unified love for and commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord. (Galatians 3:28)
Though America may not have a state church she does have a national church, which is not good for the nation or the church.
In fact, the United States has many “nationalisms” and “national” churches. In our fractured era we speak of “White America,” “Black America,” “Hispanic America,” “Asian America,” and “Gay America,” “Straight America,” “Poor America,” “Rich America,” and “Native America” to name a few. Each “America” has its own nationalism and church that enshrines its worldview, sanctions its beliefs, conserves its values, preserves its culture, and perpetuates its social norms.
It’s not merely American churches strapped into narrow nationalism. Globally, many include their nationalisms in their official names, like the various Orthodox groups – Russian, Finnish, Ukrainian, Greek, etc. In America, Protestant denominations include the Southern Baptist Convention, the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the Dutch Reformed Church, the Moravian Church, and many more.
Some labels distinguish theological positions rather than nationalistic roots. The theologians and church historians understand that, but the average person needing Christ probably doesn’t. The titles unwittingly become shapers of the particular group’s self-perception and preferred socio-cultural lifestyles.