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“It was a pleasure to serve you another deep fried and breaded faith-based meal…”

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Blur

an English band scheduled to headline the 2012 Olympic closing ceremony

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Speaking of ‘blur’ might it be possible to blur what the Gospel is meant to do with what we hope/want/crave politics to do? Aren’t Christians just as prone to get caught up in the latest evangelical Zeitgesit as much as people standing in long, long lines for…let’s say…. a Batman movie …or an iPad …or Sheryl Crow tickets? I mean really looooong lines…lines curving around the block.

Mr. Seel said it like this:

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A politicized faith not only blurs our priorities, but weakens our loyalties. Our primary citizenship is not on earth but in heaven. … Though few evangelicals would deny this truth in theory, the language of our spiritual citizenship frequently gets wrapped in the red, white and blue. Rather than acting as resident aliens of a heavenly kingdom, too often we sound [and act] like resident apologists for a Christian America. … Unless we reject the false reliance on the illusion of Christian America, evangelicalism will continue to distort the gospel and thwart a genuine biblical identity…..

American evangelicalism is now covered by layers and layers of historically shaped attitudes that obscure our original biblical core.

(John Seel, The Evangelical Pulpit, 1993, 106-7)

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Or we might savor this cultural moment this way –

A chickenized faith not only blurs our priorities, but it also weakens our loyalty to Jesus.

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2 thoughts on ““It was a pleasure to serve you another deep fried and breaded faith-based meal…”

  1. Well said! This “American Christianity” is responsible for so many of our problems.
    Would Jesus have gone to Chickfila on Wed? I don’t know for sure, but I would say no.

  2. Would Jesus put Polynesian sauce on His nuggets? yuck

    (nothing against Polynesian people – great culture they are)

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