I got an email advertising the book God, Guns and Gold: Foundations for Christian Freedom and like a slow moving trainwreck I couldn't look away from, I had to watch the promo video. Ugh.
Here is a big problem. When your message is closer to Glenn Beck's message (without the histrionics and crying) than Christ's, you need to reevaluate your position.
As I watched the promo video featuring Joel McDurmon, I found it interesting to note how often he went back to the Old Testament. Among Christians it seems as though an awful lot of the errors we encounter stem from a misapplication of the Old Testament onto the New Covenant community of Christ.
Why do I pick on my conservative brothers like this? Two reasons. One, liberal arguments regarding Christianity, government and culture are so ridiculous they hardly both being mentioned. People like Jim Wallis of Sojourners have identified an issue correctly (i.e. the need for justice) but are advocating for a Biblically unsupportable solution (i.e. a secular government confiscating and transferring wealth). Second, I am in basic agreement with many of the political positions these brothers espouse but without seeing the linkage between American political conservatism and the Kingdom life we are called to.
This mindset of "God, guns and gold" is foolish. It is dangerous in that it promotes a new Trinity where God shares His throne with personal safety (guns) and personal independence (wealth). More importantly it is unbiblical.
Our only source of freedom as Christians is in a Savior who for our sakes became poor, who for our sakes meekly went to the cross, who for our sakse sacrificed Himself to secure our freedom so that we would no longer have to rely on swords or money but instead could rely solely on Him. The Christian has no need to hoard gold and defend that gold with an arsenal of weapons. Our security is far more assured than a bunker full of guns could ever hope to be.
America is not a "Christian nation". Jesus didn't live and die and rise again so you can have private property. God is not a pawn in our political movement.