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American Idolatry

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This week, Pastor Shaq focused on Stephen’s trial before the Sanhedrin, recorded in Luke 7:1-53 (NIV). Stephen, who has been charged with blasphemy for speaking against the temple and the law of Moses, speaks with conviction and courage to the Sanhedrin. He identifies three idols: the temple, the law, and the land. In a sense, these are idols of the Jewish religious state. And because Stephen speaks against these nationalist idols, he’ll be put to death. But, we have our own American idols today. We think of America as a Christian nation, the Constitution as a divinely inspired document, and capitalism as God’s chosen economic system. The church needs modern prophets who will speak, like Stephen, with conviction and clarity about these idols of Christian nationalism.