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Each week on Colson Center.org, BreakPoint Radio and BreakPoint.org, WorldviewChurch.org and other channels we publish a great deal of new content around a vital theme. The ReSeries, John Stonestreet's video commentary, is often (but not always) the cornerstone of the weekly theme.

Theme of the Week: Can Christians Still Love America?

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There's no denying it: America is in trouble not only economically, but socially and morally, and in ways which strike at the very heart of civilization and our nation's inception.

Would the founding fathers, most of whom were profoundly religious, approve of the Supreme Court's recent decision or its willingness to frame those who oppose same-sex "marriage" as (in the words of Justice Scalia's dissent) "enemies of humanity?" More importantly, would the Christian men and women who spoke out, fought and even died for America's independence still recognize or celebrate that independence in 2013, as religious groups have come under assault from policies like the HHS mandate, and even from federal agencies like the IRS? Is the nation that once existed defaced beyond repair? Are we perhaps even misguided as Christians for putting so much effort into the political process? Amid the steady stream of disappointments handed down to us from Washington, should we recalibrate our priorities and focus instead of building the Kingdom of God and saving souls?

ReEngage-Screenshot_July4_575These are important questions, and appropriately, as we celebrate this Independence Day, the architects of America's infancy have a lot to say to us. But though Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison and the like were certainly influential, we're thinking of a different group of founders. As John Stonestreet points out in this week's edition of our "ReSeries" videos, America's fight for independence would most likely have never begun or succeeded without the powerful voices of American pastors declaring and applying the truths of Christianity in politics.

In stark contrast with today's atmosphere, in 1700s colonial America, clergymen were not afraid to engage in politics from the pulpit. In fact, as John reminds us, not only the American Revolution, but the greatest social and political campaigns in our history, from the Abolitionist cause to the Civil Rights movement, began in churches. Only recently, in the wake of Lyndon Johnson's law requiring churches to refrain from political activity as a condition for tax-exempt status, have pastors lost their voices. Chuck Colson was not afraid to denounce this law, and he supported a growing movement of churches deliberately disobeying this legislative gag-order, which you can learn more about here.

The fact is that American Christians have seldom, if ever before believed that their faith or commitment to spreading the Gospel somehow barred them from exercising their political rights or working to influence government. As John reminds us, colonial pastors who preached fiery sermons in support of taking up arms against the British saw their activity as an extension, not as an alternative, to their role as ministers of the Gospel. Why? Because the Christian worldview isn't just private truth, but the story of reality—true for all people throughout the world. And because Caesar is subject to God, the ministers of God have a right and an obligation to declare God's Truth to government officials on every issue of importance which our country faces.

This July 4th, no matter how celebratory (or not) you may be feeling about America, we hope you'll take this message to heart, and remind those in your family and church that our work has not changed. We must live as true citizens of the City of God—and that means taking our citizenship and duties in the city of man seriously.



Explore This Week's Theme

ReSeries_Icon_small Since the founding of this nation, pastors have been involved in the political process. Today's pastors should do so too. John Stonestreet explains. >>Watch now.
TalkingPoints In his most recent Talking Points, T. M. Moore shows in stark clarity how the preachers and religious elders of colonial America helped spark and spur the War for Independence, and how we should learn from their willingness to engage their faith in the political arena. >>Read more.
BreakPoint_Daily_Commentary_Generic In Wednesday's BreakPoint Commentary, Eric Metaxas discusses one specific way Christians need to be involved in politics: putting pressure on the United States government to stop aiding the destruction of ancient Christian communities. >>Read more
point_ad_image John Stonestreet gives a startling example of how American theme-park goers are willing to use disabled people as a means to an end, and reflects of what that means for our society. >>Read more.
BPTW_icon_small In this must-hear edition of "BreakPoint This Week," John Stonestreet expores what the recent Supreme Court decisions on "gay marriage" mean for Christians, inviting Jennifer Marshall of the Heritage Foundation and Austin Nimocks of Alliance Defending Freedom to give us the legal and cultural perspectives. >>Read more.




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