“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again, and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matthew 13:44).
Civil religion is the cultic expression of a nation and particular political culture. It is a term that captures the well the practice of Christianity in America. This is glaringly evident when most professing Christians in our churches would place greater emphasis and priority on the adjective “American” than the proper noun “Christian.” This as opposed to being a Christian who just happens to live in America. Civil religion has a mass appeal. It is innocuous, easy, upbeat, compatible, and user friendly. In fact, the Jesus of civil religion is so well marketed, it leaves one wondering why they would have ever crucified him. Kingdom parables, however, reveal faith to be invasive and disruptive. It’s like a treasure hidden in a field, that when discovered changes everything.