When it comes to what a Christian should do in these days and timesâ€”Â these last days and perilous timesâ€”I’d like to begin with something weÂ shouldn’t do. We shouldn’t be deceived by the Americanized ChristianityÂ that is passing for real Christianity in America today.
In a recent article, Erick Erickson wrote about how many in America haveÂ concocted an Americanized Christianity. According to Erickson, manyÂ American Christians â€œlove the country as a substitute for God.â€ Although IÂ agree with Erickson that many professed Christians in America areÂ practicing an Americanized Christianity, I donâ€™t see it as substituting love ofÂ country for love of Christ. Instead, I see it as confusing one with the otherÂ or seeing both as synonymous, resulting in the widespread belief amongÂ American evangelicals that political activism is equivalent to serving Christ.
In the past, Christians in Americaâ€”a Christian nation that served as aÂ shining city on a hill for the whole world to seeâ€”equated allegiance toÂ America as allegiance to Christ. Unfortunately, many Christians in todayâ€™sÂ Americaâ€”an anti-christ nation that has not only outlawed any confession ofÂ Christ by its government, but is now outlawing the Christian convictions ofÂ its populaceâ€”are frozen in time. They act as though nothing has changed,Â as though allegiance to todayâ€™s anti-christ America is the same as allegianceÂ to yesterdayâ€™s Christian America.