WARNING: If you are a blind “patriot,” who believes that America can do no wrong and cannot tolerate an honest critique…if you believe this Country to be the New Jerusalem and City on a Hill…if you are beholden to the idea of American Exceptionalism, this article will offend you. What you are about to read is written for those who want to come out from Babylon and realize that the Christianity which dominates America could never liberate us and show us the way to Beloved Community.
And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
It’s the source of our frustration…
It’s the cause of our anger and resentment…
The children being separated from their families at the border…
The children being separated from their families, killed by police…
“The failure of conscience in American society among its reputed leaders, the deep-seated contempt for human life among the managers of society, the moral deprivation of so-called middle Americans resembles…the estate described biblically as ‘hardness of heart.'”
The hardness of heart…the inability for love to reign supreme in America, bears witness to the Babylonian mindset.
And where Babylon is the reality, our only hope is Jerusalem…the City of God.
But where is Jerusalem?
It should be the Church…actually existing as Beloved Community. But, where – in America – do we see the Church existing as Beloved Community and acting as Jerusalem?
Standing in direct contradiction to Babylon…?
Again, as Stringfellow suggests, the American churches “have been from their origins American cultural productions or Babylonian shrines.”
Together, the Dum Diversas, the Romanus Pontifex and the Inter Caetera came to serve as the basis and justification for the Doctrine of Discovery, the global slave-trade of the 15th and 16th centuries, and the Age of Imperialism.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.