Corrupt Leaven Gives Rise to an Illusory Form of Evangelicalism in America

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For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.” – 2 Timothy 4:3

Evangelicalism in America today is being subverted into a charlatan form of religiosity, which unequally yokes the Gospel of Christ with the political forces at work in this country – where  greater emphasis is placed on the later instead of the former.

Infidelity to: the importance of character, how we are to treat the weak and oppressed, and how we are to respond to those who have done us wrong, are hallmarks of this new religiopolitical form of evangelicalism – where Christianity, political ideology, and white nationalism are commingled to promulgate an impoverished theology.

When we hide discrimination under the guise of ‘religious freedom,’ we make a mockery of human rights.” ― DaShanne Stokes

Rather than advancing Jesus’ ministry of inclusively, this form of religiosity promulgates exclusivity and discrimination.

“With the help of politicians like Jeff Sessions, religious leaders are trying to redefine religious liberty as a tool of discrimination.”  – Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

Character Counts

Fidelity of character, was addressed by Susan Wright, in her article posted on RedState:

When a Christian suggests that we can just overlook immoral character, in favor of political policy, you know the salt has lost its saltiness and is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot (Matthew 5:13).”

The Warning

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus warns his disciples to, “Take heed, beware of the leaven [yeast] of the Pharisees, and of the leaven [yeast] of Herod”  

“Herod was involved in a great deal of lying in his political wheeling and dealing, abusing the power of his office, adultery, and general all-around worldliness.” (Forerunner Commentary)

Notice a parallel here?

Scripture describes the leaven of the Pharisees as hypocrisy (Luke 12:1}, and the leaven of Herod, as the elevation of man’s (civil) law above God’s (moral) law.

Jesus’ warning makes clear that, just as leaven is put into dough to make it rise and give it shape, so will the leaven of the Pharisees, and the leaven of Herod give shape to our lives, in ways unpleasing to God.

This religiopolitical aberration embraced by many white evangelicals, is destined to fall like the tables in the temple, and for the same reason.

The worldliness that was taking place within the temple, perverted its purpose by corrupting its holiness.

In like manner, the worldliness embodied in today’s religiopolitical evangelicalism, has perverted the spiritual body of Christ, which is now the temple.where holiness resides.

Thirty Pieces of Silver

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Mark 8:36

We can learn much from Judas Iscariot, a disciple of Jesus, who after spending years following Jesus and listening to his teachings, nonetheless fell prey to those who held political power, and betrayed the one whom he had followed for so many years.

His reward?

Thirty pieces of silver.

As we ponder this example, we must ask ourselves: “What is the price today for cozying up to those with political power?”

For Judas, the price was thirty pieces of silver, but the cost was much greater – the crucifixion of Jesus.

For white evangelicals, the cost of coalescing around amoral political powers, will far outweigh the price they’re receiving for allowing the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod to shape their lives.

Let God search your heart and reveal to you, what kind of leaven is shaping your life.