Many years ago, I heard Josh McDowell speak during a chapel service at Asbury College. When I went home that evening, I shared with Dave my disgust at McDowell's message of American exceptionalism (USA=#1) and his promotion of the idea that the USA is the New Israel, etc. I have not read or listened to anything by McDowell since that time.
I was reminded of McDowell's lecture when I came across some "Christian" T-Shirts for sale on the Internet. The first two noted below are particularly offensive to me because they are inspired by the exceptionalist, dominionist rhetoric of McDowell, Dobson and other right-wing Christian zealots.
The Religious Right, of which McDowell is one prominent member, is vocally and visibly active in American politics. It's message includes McDowell's exceptionalist message about the superiority of the USA and the idea, promoted by Dominionists, that the USA should be a more overtly "Christian" nation. Christian prayers (but not those of other religions) should be uttered in public schools and at government functions; the 10 Commandments should be posted in government buildings everywhere; "Christian" morality as preached by the Religious Right should dominate American life, etc.
I disagree vehemently with Christian dominionism and the arrogant, mistaken idea that the USA is superior to all other nations (such arrogance is part of what led us into the current disaster in Iraq). Moreover, contrary to what the Dominionists preach, the USA was founded as a secular, religiously neutral nation - not a "Christian" one. There is no place in American society for the worldview of one religion or sect to dominate all others. If prayers are to be uttered in government spaces, then believers of all denominations and sects should be equally welcome to pray. If all are not so welcomed, then none should be. The USA is supposed to be a place where believers and non-believers of all sorts can abide with equal freedom to live according to the dictates of their own consciences. That is the USA I love - not the narrow, bigoted, arrogant America of Dominionist nightmares.
I also found these T-Shirts intriguing: more of that famous Christian love, apparently. Do people not realize how offensive these slogans are?
Seriously, would any of you wear these shirts?