I got to start with a disclaimer here: I am not American. But a lot of the blogs I read are, and most all of the Christian mp3 teachings I hear. This is, at best, a secondhand observation. Observations from this distance won’t fall into the ditch of missing the forest for the trees, but it may fall into the opposite ditch. Test for yourself if this is true, and accept it only to that degree. (1 Th 5:20-21)
The American church is, as far as I can see, too focused on the culture. This can either be American culture which should be restored, or getting the church to function as some church people think ancient Jewish culture did. (Ancient Jewish culture was not Christianity and is not a model of what a Christian culture should be like.) “They say things like (bold mine):
“Revival is the only way for our nation to move forward. – Allan Hood, from a teaching “Joel: Standing at the critical juncture.
“We should win the culture war for Christ.” – Many American believers
“The only way our nation could hope to last this decade, is we put God in America again.” – Carman, in “America again”, two decades ago.
Although organizations like Vision Forum are certainly among the culprits, this is not limited at all to patriarchalists, and including someone in the above quote list implies nothing on his views on gender hierarchy.
They see America as the patient, cultural decline and crime rates as the disease, and Christianity as the medicine. The problem with that view is that patients are more important than medicine. When medicine X don’t cure the patient, you move to medicine Y. Nobody say that medicine X is so important that everyone must use it, whether good for them or not.
Reconciling with God is not the means to a great nation as end result. Some nations does very well with few Christians. Reconciling with God is an end result in itself, the great things this does in society is a bonus.