There’s a certain vocabulary in churches when good old church folk talk about the “enemy,” and how the “oppressors” and “injustice” and “persecution” are against us on all sides.
I worry about this sort of military mindset in churches because we’re cherry-picking Bible verses to find more reasons to alienate others and perpetuate a xenophobic cycle of the foreign stranger.
This is a culture of nationalistic fear. It is a triumphalist self-affirming theology.
And man does it feel wonderful. It appeals to the most reptilian black-and-white part of our flesh-driven nature. It requires no work except to label all critics and haters and naysayers as “them.”