A Social Identity

The moral failure of Christendom

Western Wall and Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, Israel. Photo: Adobe Stock

A social identity that can rationalize a belief system that seeks the destruction of the world—as a means to usher in the second coming of Christ and the kingdom of heaven—as a foundational reality is actively creating the hell that true believers so eagerly want to escape. This is Christendom (Christians seeking empire) abdicating their responsibility to love God and love people.

The Bible is not a blueprint for economic, political, military, theocratic and racial supremacy. It’s a warning for those who would rather wield power over others than live according to the example of the Christ they claim to follow. It is also a dangerous and lethal distraction from the work that Christians have been called to do, to be involved in the renewal of all things by overcoming evil with good, through faith, hope, and love.

Apocalypse. Image: Adobe Stock

Context

With Trump’s announcement to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, some evangelical Christians are gleeful about provoking war over the city because, in their worldview, the sooner Armageddon happens, the sooner Christ will return and save them, through the Rapture of the saints, from having to endure the suffering of the coming Apocalypse and the end of the world. Given this assumed chronology of events, Christians need not worry about climate change because that is not their problem. For them, it is moot. The coming cataclysm will be God’s judgment on the unbelievers. Christians have prayed the prayer and they have their fire insurance, their get out of hell free card. So, they’re good.

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Notes

A Twitter thread explaining the theology behind Trump’s Jerusalem announcement.

Designer, writer, educator, social architect, founder, Builders Collective, Leading with Design. https://stephenbau.com

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