"Beware counterfeit gospels. Beware the false gospel of America’s civil religion, which proclaims America as God’s messianic force to be reckoned with, which proclaims America as a divine beacon of light to the world, the last best hope on earth. Beware ‘God bless America’ Christianity, and let us remember that the Bible never says God so loved America, but that God so loved the world. If it does not have Jesus and the cross at the center, it is not the gospel of our Lord. Also beware the self-centered, blessing-obsessed gospel of prosperity, which is about what we can get from God. Be careful, amid all the terrible Christian books obsessed with finding our life and becoming a better you, that we do not lose the secret at the heart of Jesus—which is if you want to find your life you’ve got to give it away. We are made to live for something bigger than ourselves, the kingdom of God. If the gospel we hear is not good news to the poor, then it is not the gospel of Christ."
Shane Claiborne, in Letters to a Future Church: Words of Encouragement and Prophetic Appeals (via matthewclan)