Why Americans make Terrible Christians.
Remember last year when everyone was talking about the Royal wedding? I saw grown men stop their day to watch these nuptials. I was so annoyed, I thought it was so stupid. Who are these people, who cares? It all seemed so pompous and full of ritual, yet still empty and void of any actual meaning.
You see most of us Americans we don’t really get the whole Monarchy thing. The idea of princes and princesses, kings and queens is something that most children enjoy in the early years, but as they get into school, this idea of American freedom and Independence takes root. Some adults like to enjoy the spectacle and the “romance” of the whole thing, but if they were put under the rule of a king or a queen, we would see that independent streak raise its head real quick.
When we get down to the reality of Monarchy as opposed to the idea, things usually go sideways. We Americans are fiercely independent, a characteristic partially established by those who in one form of rebellion or another come to America to create a new life for themselves. Or the idea that when the Brits tried to impose the power of their throne on us, we rebelled and kicked them out. It is probably also encouraged by a self-inflated worldview…In reality, we hate the idea of Monarchy. The idea that someone could tell us what to do. The fact that we would put our lives and hopes in the hands of someone else is anathema to most of us.
That is precisely why Americans are usually pretty terrible Christians (at least before they undergo a considerable paradigm shift). Because the Kingdom of God is just that, His Kingdom, we don’t have a say. We don’t get to vote and give our opinions about the direction of our lives.
We don’t have veto power on certain culturally uncomfortable teachings in scripture. We can't change His orders or teachings to fit our lifestyles more comfortably. This is precisely because we are not supposed to be so wholly devoted to this culture, but we are supposed to be more aware of our part in the Kingdom of God with its own culture and worldview.
We want God to be our president.
Not our king.
But it doesn’t work that way.
Either He is your king (master), or You are. Both perspectives cannot exist at the same time. One will always kill the other. In my experience, very few people let Christ sit on the throne of their lives and they never truly submit to Him and order their lives according to the direction of His Kingdom.
To be a Christian, a truly sold out follower of Jesus Christ, you have to die. You have to give over your rights. When He commands something, you have to obey. When he reveals the direction He has chosen for your life you are expected to abandon everything and follow that path. But we prefer to negotiate. We want to be heard & understood.
We want our King to understand WHY we are planning to disobey his direct order. We presume to lecture God on Culture and what is right and acceptable. When no one knows better than him how men are supposed to live. He created us and the world around us. He is the source of all good things, and he genuinely wants the best for us.
But He has also promised us that His path is not the easy one but a road filled with difficulties and hardships. It is, in fact, those challenges that He uses to refine us into the person he planned us to be all along.
But first, we must submit to Him and His plans for us. We must devote ourselves to the Kingdom of God and most importantly the King of Kings. It is only through this submission that we will find real life.