I think I am very close to concluding that this whole “New Atheism” movement is only a passing fad—not the cultural watershed its purveyors imagine it to be, but simply one of those occasional and inexplicable marketing vogues that inevitably go the way of pet rocks, disco, prime-time soaps, and The Bridges of Madison County. This is not because I necessarily think the current “marketplace of ideas” particularly good at sorting out wise arguments from foolish. But the latest trend in à la mode godlessness, it seems to me, has by now proved itself to be so intellectually and morally trivial that it has to be classified as just a form of light entertainment, and popular culture always tires of its diversions sooner or later and moves on to other, equally ephemeral toys.
Here’s why I think nationalism blinds us: If in your mind Jesus and your nation are going in the same direction—meaning Jesus is headed a certain direction, He has a certain goal and purpose for the world and the way He’s going to accomplish it and then your nation has the exact same goal and the exact same plan for accomplishing it—well then of course you can follow Jesus, because He’s headed a certain direction and your nation is headed the exact same direction and has the exact same plan to get there, well then of course, absolutely, you can do that. But see, I think that when you read Jesus what you see if, and if you read the apostles and you read the early church documents, what you see is the idea that Jesus is going one way and everyone else is going the opposite way.Jesus is headed true north and everything else—every nation—on this earth is headed south. You cannot go north and south at the same time, because the nations of the world are not going where Jesus is going, and their plan for transforming the world and changing the world and making the world a better place is not His plan.
The world has witnessed violent protests and peaceful demonstrations for nearly two weeks following the death of George Floyd. But God is also moving in a powerful way.
Talking points from Frank Schaeffer:
If you are an evangelical Trump supporter you are no longer
Make no mistake we are at crossroads.
Trump is a man of blood.
He is a traitor to the Constitution of the United States.
There will be blood shed between right wing militia groups
and civilians or the military.
Moronic evangelical support of traitors to America like Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, and Ralph Reed who have sold their soul for access to power.
So much for the cause of the pro-life movement now in the hands of the Klu Klux Klan sitting in the White House.