This week's #rcl Gospel (Lk 13:10-17) is highly relevant to the American Church in an age of #ChristianNationalism.

What mattered to Jesus was not the righteousness of religious practice of Sabbath (or nationally sanctioned church) - but healing those in need + caring for them -
Jesus envisions a faith that prioritizes the humanity of each person that comes before him. He sees their humanity + seeks to meet it with God's love.

He does not care about the establishment of religion. He would prefer separation of church + state ...
For Jesus in Luke 13, a state religion allied with worldly power becomes a tyrannical power that ignores those in need. Jesus speaks strongly against this type of godless religion + #ChristianNationalism.
To those who claim their own holiness + righteousness bc of #ChristianNationalism + a religion attached to state power, Jesus speaks plainly:

"You hypocrites!"
Not long after Jesus speaks these words, the Roman government leaders allied with the religious leadership to crucify him.

Idolatrous worship of power cloaked in religion will always seek to kill God + deny resurrection.

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Why a new version of my 2019 book, Red State Christians: a #thread for #launchday

Link to new version:… (also available on @amazon and @BNBuzz + an indy bookstore near you (my favorite!))
I spent 2018 traveling across America interviewing Christians in red states + counties to unpack Christian support for Trump in 2016.

Hillbilly Elegy by @JDVance1 had recently pubbed, and a certain sort of apologist narrative for white rural Americans was en vogue ...
This narrative had some merit (I've seen rural despair firsthand, + the ravages of the #opioidepidemic) - but it was often too shallow, and it lacked the theological depth that understood the role of religion + God in @GOP support for Trump
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