Recently I heard a phrase: “The religious right has become the post-Christian right.” This is something that is possible beyond politics in America.
James gives this warning:
5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong? (James 2:5-7, NIV)
All the along the character of the Kingdom is to understand that no one is beyond Kingdom blessing. But we just can’t help ourselves. Money, influence, status, power all attract us. The attraction is one thing. Acting on that attraction is another matter.
American conservative Christianity has chosen political power. Even when we’re exploited, we cheer. We cheer when the poor are exploited. We long for the photo op with the ones in power. We dream of having control absolutely everything around us.
May we wake up and find our way back to the truth and power of the Kingdom.