Thanks to GraphJam for putting it all in perspective.
Next week I am off to the Christian Resources Exhibition, an all-singing, all-dancing and all-powerful show-fest for companies that want to sell things to Churches. This isn’t bad for getting a set of bibles (hopefully cheaply) or an interesting book or two; but with it comes another more sinister subtext, the same subtext which I sense from copies of the Alpha News and anything I have seen from the Abundant Life Church and its like: that Cultural Domination is both desirable and necessary. These are the people who decry ‘modern times’ and see it all as a battle between Atheists and God-fearing folk on some spiritual and cultural battlefield.
Michael Spencer, the internetmonk reflects on this here and cites a video:
So, get out there and evangelise and have babies. Oh dear. This is not about a battle, this is not about ‘culture’.
“When I hear the word ‘culture’, I reach for my gun”
(Johst, although usually attributed to Goering)
Didn’t the man say:
“My kingdom is not of this world”
Those who believe in a Christian Culture have bought into a non-biblical world view, and a post-Constantine secularisation of the kingdom which brings no honour to the Gospel but is used to push a political agenda which seeks to revile, to undermine, to detract from the teachings of Christ. All of this preoccupation with sex and sexuality is really about money and power; all this posturing over women bishops is about control and influence and none of it has anything to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Lord and Saviour.
The man turned the tables (over) on those who sought to make faith a marketplace. Those who want to force a covenant upon us are seeking to exert power which comes not from on high but from the deep shameful recessess of avarice and greed. I don’t want to be made to sign a covenant, because I signed up to a baptism, holy orders and the creeds – anything else is man-made.
So when I wander around and come across a booth populated by a man in a gray suit and his wife with one of those distinctive headscarves or a big stand with these cheesy-American style megachurch setups and they are telling us all how ‘Christian culture is under threat’ and ‘muslims are undermining our society’, I can’t help but think that it wasn’t our society or culture in the first place and proper Christianity doesn’t need to be part of that game: the Lord told us that, but the promise of money and power just keeps coming back in to undermine that.