To The Disenchanted

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The reduction of Christianity to a mere belief, to simple immanence, barren of the transcendent, leaves christians of any people or nation easy prey to the carnivorous nature of political ideology. And this disenchantment of creation also fundamentally changes the way in which christians conceive of and pray to, God himself. The supplication, adoration and worship that are the elements of prayer are cast off and replaced by a conversation. A conversation with, because of the loss of transcendence, a deity that is always near, always immanent. So near, in fact, so as to be indistinguishable from oneself; prayer does, in fact, become just a conversation with a voice in your head.

And this is the Christianity that finds no contradiction in aligning with, or simply blessing, politics that are, in truth, anti-christ. Many christians in America, who seem to make no discernible distinction between the Holy Word of God and the Constitution, between the Church and the State, with the rise of the moralist/pietist voting block in the ’70’s, have been inviting an Evangelical collapse. A collapse which, if it happens, will create a burned over district that shall dwarf the one birthed by the Second Great Awakening.

Now, I am by no means advocating a return to a Constantinian State or an Erastian Church. But I am warning, perhaps too late, of the emergence of politics as Christianity. And because of this, I believe that it is time to refocus our activities and energies toward, as the Westminster Shorter Catechism calls it, “The chief end of man,” which is “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” That is not to say that we should shirk our civic responsibilities imposed upon us by our secular citizenship. But it is to enjoin us to prove our dual citizenship by attending to our duties in the realms of both the Sacred and the Secular.