While considering the question posed above the other day, I found myself quoting out of the book of Hebrews, verse 13:14:
Here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.
As an American, I’m a citizen of a temporal nation in the midst of great cultural shifts away from its deistic moorings. I can acknowledge that well enough. But I am slow to agree with some quasi-historical narrative about America’s forsaken destiny as a Christian nation (was the writer of Hebrews hinting that such a thing can’t even exist?). If we have here no lasting Christian city (nation), we must be here as ambassadors of a different sort of kingdom. We should stop pledging ourselves most passionately to building a Christian nation when God is far more passionate about building from all nations his church–Christ’s visible body.
So on the other side of a couple thousand years, junior senator Ted Cruz launches his bid for president within the embrace of the largest Christian university in the world. I have to tread very slowly here. I can stumble into making some sharp comments about how events and narratives like these convey the faith to the watching world. Give me grace, God. Continue reading How should we respond to Ted Cruz’s call to fight for America?