My Emancipation From American Christianity

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Excellent blog post and descriptive of my own journey away from the water down Americanized version of Christianity…

Source: My Emancipation From American Christianity

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5 thoughts on “My Emancipation From American Christianity

  1. I wonder if Jesus thought going to Golgotha to die on a cross “felt like love.”

    I get what this guy is saying about American Christianity. But “freedom in the windshield” and “…a system that can no longer accommodate…..my scale of aspirations” do not sound any more like the Gospel message than those things the author denounces.

    “The love of God constrains us.” True freedom in never about serving ourselves or our aspirations.

    Sounds to me like he is jumping onto a Me-ism bandwagon under the guise of “following the Spirit.” The Spirit calls us to follow Christ, not our own beliefs.

    Truth sets us free to serve, not to fly our own Confederate flag.

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    • I’m not sure where Confederate flags come in. I also don’t think he’s speaking of freedom in Christ different from what Paul preached. I believe Christians, as people of faith, should aspire to more and that more being the impossible only possible with faith. I think his point is that we shouldn’t put our American before our Christianity.

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  2. Hi Joel,

    I’m not American, but I’m quite aware of American Christianity. Infact, very aware of traditional Christianity. To me, it’s like a straight jacket that seeks to restrict real faith.

    I agree with the authour on a number of points, and certainly on his decision to break free from religion…I just feel that he may have another agenda that is not of God. I say this because it seems to me that his whole ministry is defending gay rights, against Scripture AND the Spirit of God. So I’m not keen to jump on his band wagon. In that sense, I have to agree with Ava’s comment above.

    Taking Jesus’s commands to love and running off with it, without submission to Christ’s definition of love is not LOVING. It’s immature, and it won’t bear His fruit.

    True faith will wrestle within the conflict of restraint to godly discipline and freedom to godly inspiration. Also, as he doesn’t see the Bible as authoritative to teach, you have to wonder if he truly believes that Jesus is the Son of God, or that He came in the Flesh, or that He died and rose again. These are fundamental Christian beliefs, and we can’t claim to be Christian if we no longer believe those things. At best, we would simply be humanitarian…

    This is longer than I intended. I just think we should be careful about what we are rejecting and who we are following.

    Stay blessed!

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    • I am unfamiliar with the rest of his ministry. That particular blog resonated with me and because of what has been going on in American politics. Perhaps elsewhere he goes too far and falls into the ditch on the opposite side of the road? However, as the blog is written I have no issue with it. Perhaps conservatives and liberals both need to take a half step towards Jesus?

      I agree too, the Gospel without repentance is like a car without gas, we are to be more than humanitarian and are called to speak the truth even if it offends. I think often the trouble is that we use our judgements of others as an excuse not to be Jesus to them.

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      • Amen to that! I have actually liked several of his posts which resonate with me. One of them is Loving The Church Enough To Leave It, which I was compelled to share. I agreed with everything in that post. But I just have to be careful, because there’s a thin line between love for the world and hate of God.
        Have a blessed day 🙂

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