Friday, March 7, 2014

Heresy On The Right

What is the last, best hope of the world?

Ralph Reed, CPAC 2014
"In this hour of testing, may it be our finest hour as conservatives. Let us save this nation, this last, best hope of mankind, and give them the country they richly deserve." [9:46 mark] Ralph Reed, Chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition.

These were Ralph Reed's concluding words in his speech to the attendees of the 50th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday afternoon.

As someone who has attended CPAC on more than one occasion, I can confirm that statements to this effect are common fare among conservatives.

Christians of any and all political convictions ought to ask themselves whenever they hear or read statements like this, "Is is true that America is the last, best hope of mankind?"

All Christians ought to give the same response, "No!," because this statement is heretical.

The last, best hope of mankind is Jesus the Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the first, last, and only hope of mankind.

The bride of Christ is comprised of Christians from all nations and together we proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ until his return. No single nation holds a privileged position in the kingdom of God. There is one King and one kingdom and we all serve him together.

Conservatives criticize progressives for seeming to elevate the federal government to the place of God but conservatives must not make the same error with an idealized America.

It's time to stop applauding the "last, best hope of mankind" line because when Christians elevate a nation to a position that is reserved for God alone we are engaging in idolatry.

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