Americanism - The New Religion
There was a time when I grew impatient and increasingly frustrated with the constant complaining. I for one, is regretful that someone did not bring me to church earlier. My life could have taken a very different turn. Consequances that resulted from particular sins and some really bad choices could have been avoided if I had known the liberty that flows from the grace of God. One reader nailed it when he said this,
"People all over the world go to worship the Lord Jesus Christ Sunday after Sunday at the risk of losing their own lives and all we can do is whine about telling children the TRUTH. Chinese Christians are risking their lives to preach the Gospel to everyone and we are worried about indoctrinating our children in the faith once delivered to the saints? The problem here is that we have a uniquely American outlook. Talk to the Ethiopian pastor who was attacked by Muslims with knives while preaching the Word of God. Talk to the Chinese Christian who sits in jail and rots because of his boldness to be the "church man" in order that people who hate him will be loved by him with a message that could keep them from hell. Leave her a pagan? Follow this advice and her blood will be on your hands."
A uniquely American outlook. I didn't quite understand it until I heard some American preachers myself and I thought ..... no wonder their people are rebelling. Their God is like a vending machine, someone whom they can manipulate and command at whim. Makes you wonder who is God. Either that or it's hell-fire-and-brimstone all the way. Can we blame our American brethren for their cynisicm? They are not opposed to God or Christ. They are opposed to the new religion of Americanism. Singapore is heavily influenced by the west, particularly America. Many churches here have adopted America's brand of Christianity. While brimstone messages can be heard everywhere, the former is particularly symptomatic of first-world nations. So to be fair, it is not solely an American problem.