Sufjan Stevens Pens Essay: "God Has No Political Boundary"

Sufjan Stevens Pens Essay: "God Has No Political Boundary"

The singer's essay criticizing the new presidential administration's notion of a Christian nation was republished as an op-ed in the Washington Post.

The singer's essay criticizing the new presidential administration's notion of a Christian nation was republished as an op-ed in the Washington Post.

Text: Truman Ports

A few days ago, singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, known for his integration of spirituality and faith in his music, wrote and posted an expressive piece to his Tumblr page called "Love Thy Neighbor." The essay was Stevens's way of deconstructing the notion of a "Christian Nation" under the Trump administration, as well as calling it out as "absolutely heretical."

Several shares and likes later, the Washington Post published it as an op-ed under the name "Stop repeating the heresy of declaring the United States a 'Christian nation,'" more or less unedited from Stevens's original post.

The singer began his "friendly reminder" as he called it, by telling people that "you cannot pledge allegiance to a nation state and its flag and the name of God, for God has no political boundary." Stevens continued by stating that God is universal, and for that reason, has allegiance to nothing except for love. That love, Stevens said, is faceless and nameless.

"Money and power and governments are fraudulent and false gods. We must be in the world not of the world," Stevens wrote. He makes it clear that to be in this world, one must love their neighbors—those around them— as themselves.

This is not Stevens first time posting about U.S. politics since President Trump's immigration ban. Whether it is an issue of personal impact to Stevens or not, his commentary on his faith and the current state of the country is one of selfless love for everyone, even those who are different.

Stevens's final message: "To gain your life is to lose it. To lose your life is to gain it. The life you live is not your own. Give your life away."

Read the full note below.

Credits: Banner photo by Paul L. Carter

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