Citizenship Confusion: Dismissing our Opponents

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Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.A few weeks ago I opened my column by noting a running theme for many of my posts: "the various ways in which the church has wrongly adopted vicious and self-interested discourses and rhetoric which are so popular in our country. Charity is seen as people-pleasing or being “PC.” Complex issues are reduced to simplistic caricatures and fierce … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Pamela Geller Abuses a Murder

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world. A few weeks ago I wrote about how Robert Spencer, of Jihad Watch "fame," had grossly misrepresented a Texas Christmas day murder-suicide as an Islamic "honor-killing," a claim which was not substantiated by the police or the news reports. In that post I ended by saying:"Spencer goes well beyond speculation by calling this an 'Islamic honor … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Do You Care What Others Think about You?

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.A running theme in my column last year was the various ways in which the church has wrongly adopted vicious and self-interested discourses and rhetoric which are so popular in our country. Charity is seen as people-pleasing or being "PC." Complex issues are reduced to simplistic caricatures and fiercely defended. Opponents are mocked. Giving o … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Why John Piper is Wrong and Why Racism Still Matters

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Last Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day when we offer a gesture towards admitting to our country's horrible history of racism and acknowledging the courage of MLK to oppose it. As nice as that is, I can't help but think about the way many Christians still think about race and racism. Things I've heard, read, thought, or said in the … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Top 10 'Anti-Christian' Acts of 2011 and SB 48

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.One of the main themes of my column recently has been the tendency of U.S. Christians to think of themselves as "persecuted." So, it was with great interest that I read DefendChristians.Org's list of the Top 10 "anti-Christian" acts in the U.S. of 2011, as chosen by their readers.While some of these "acts" are legitimate instances of p … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.com, and Political Nihilism

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.A Spirit of Nihilism rules over our civic discourse in America. It says that all political action is an exercise of Power, and Power is always abusive. This Spirit allows us to justify lying and manipulation when it comes from our own political party, since lies are simply a part of the political game. It justifies generalizations and … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: The U.S. Funding of International LGBT Rights

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world. On December 6, President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton introduced a memorandum on International Gay Rights, warning other nations that the United States will be devoting "$3.0 million to start a Global Equality Fund to support civil society organizations working for LGBT rights worldwide" and "direct[ing] government agencies to … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Atheists Are Idiots, Really?

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Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Have you heard the one about the Atheist University Professor who was famous at his school for mocking Christianity and a belief in God? You know, the one where a brave Christian student finally stands up to the teacher and calmly and articulately reveals the irrational basis of the “professor’s” atheism and thereby causes the professor to f … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Ray Comfort and the Victim Complex in the American Church (Updated)

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.A few months ago, I had the pleasure of hearing James Davison Hunter speak on his book, To Change the World, (read our review here). One of the most insightful comments that he made was that the American Church sees itself as a victim, as the persecuted minority, when, in fact, Christianity is one of the most influential forces in our … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Defending the Empty Form of Public Faith

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world. I have just begun reading Charles Taylor's A Secular Age, and in describing secularism, Taylor made an observation that struck me as incredibly pertinent to contemporary Christian politics: "Churches are now separate from political structures . . . Religion or its absence is largely a private matter . . . Put in another way, in our 'secular' so … [Read more...]


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