Most of these people cannot be saved. You know what I mean. They’ve gone inch by inch into the tar pit of empire worship until they’re in up to their necks, and there’s no way out. A Damascus Road moment maybe; but few will have such an experience.
It’s a great tragedy that has fallen upon the American evangelical-charismatic church. The handwriting is on the wall. It’s the “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin” moment in American Christianity.
There are only two sins: Idolatry (the rejection of the great command to love God) and injustice (the rejection of the second command, to have no other gods). Injustice springs from idolatry. When we worship an idol, we are formed in the ways of injustice. And injustice always carries the seeds of eventual self-destruction … even in an empire. or especially in an empire. The Bible calls this the judgment of God. John the Beloved said, “Children, beware of idols,” because idolatry always has dire consequences.
For all their talk about Jesus, God, the Bible, most American evangelicals are so infected with the idolatry of empire that they’re incapable of discernment or repentance. Many Christians have tied their faith to their flag in a Gordian Knot. Their teachers (mis)used the Scriptures to tie the knot. It’s nearly a hopeless situation.
Still, we preach. Those with ears will hear. And if they hear, they can liberate their faith.
— Brian Zahnd