I think this is an extremely important issue that should be addressed. It’s also a subject that people will fight you on defending their belief holding on to drawing life from it. Who wants to admit they’ve been believing something most their life that contradicts it, then be willing to change? Cognitive dissonance is a powerful thing. I could be wrong though but this is the simplest way to put it. If you’re preaching Jesus filtered through a national identity (when we’re pilgrims passing through) while coming from an old testament mentality putting the law on people using the political government (arm of the flesh) rather than preaching true freedom in Christ outside of it, one could say you’re preaching a different gospel. You got Jesus wrapped up into all kinds of things he had no part in. Also, it has caused many problems while pushing people away on top of it. I know it seems crazy today due to how indoctrinated we’ve been.
In reality if you really get serious breaking it down, you’re misrepresenting it. That’s why I think people should be knowledgeable about this not taking it lightly. Our identity is found in Christ, not dead presidents. It doesn’t matter what country you’re born in we’re just passing through when you really get down to it. The secular world has laws and government. You can’t push God on people with some agenda thinking you’re saving them. All it does is put you in that group making you a part of it, which leads to hypocrisy because the government is not Christlike. It completely misrepresents him. Those who we say are in the world don’t need to be saved just for heaven but to have real freedom in this life now.
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