The Ugly American Christian

Controversy and tension in society bring out the best and the worst in us–even in people who claim to follow Jesus. It’s been interesting to me how many avowed followers of Christ have exchanged kindness for criticism lately. We seem almost addicted to spewing forth our views on the latest issue, whether political or social, but not without a certain amount of venom. We don’t seem intent on bringing people on either side of any given fence together in intelligent, respectful dialogue; rather we seem intent on perpetuating the divide with our divisive rhetoric. Obnoxious is the word that comes to mind. Is that really what our nation or our world needs at the moment? 

Let me remind you, and myself, that we claim to follow the Prince of Peace. (Just let that thought simmer for a moment.) And allow me to ask: What or who do you want to be known as? A Conservative? A Liberal? A Republican? A Democrat? A BLM proponent? An ALM proponent? An NRA member? An anti-gun proponent? Or…a Follower of Christ who is seeking wisdom from above at this hour and asking Jesus to fill you with the fruit of his spirit amid all the angst around you (Galatians 5:22-23)?

Try on this definition of wisdom: “Wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” (James 3:17-18)

How ’bout we all seek to be wise like this! Remember, your opinion probably won’t change anyone or anything, but your example might.


  1. It hurts my heart that a nation that has been so blessed by God has gotten to perverted, It seems like everything is for sale and nothing is sacred. It goes beyond my mental, to say nothing of spiritual, capacity to see how life itself has become cheapened to the point that murder of the innocent is simply winked upon. “Rights” have trampled upon responsibility and humanity. And yet nothing is said about God’s plan to prevent unwanted children which is marriage, monogamy and the incredible, miraculously precious gift of a new life. It is as though there is a persuasive cloud of selfishness, self-indulgence and refusal to take responsibility for anything and everything has shrouded the eyes, hearts and minds of an entire society.

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