(RNS) Following in the footsteps of reformer Martin Luther, a neworganization of pastors and scholars named "Kingdom Now" has issued alist of 95 theses that include criticism of Christians who have idolizedtheir nation.

Four pastors in Cincinnati and Indianapolis have spearheaded theeffort, sending their document to national and regional denominationalheadquarters on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 13).

"The tragedies of Sept. 11 were grievous to us not only because ofthe innocent lives that were taken by terrorists, but also because theiraftermath powerfully revealed the extent to which Americans -- includingChristians -- have made an idol of their nation," said Chris Smith, anIndianapolis pastor who is one of the coordinators of Kingdom Now, in astatement.

The group's theses, detailed on a Web site (, relate to such topics as liberty, justice and greed and disagree with the notion that America is a "Christian nation."

The document speaks about the church being called to be holy in themidst of people who are pagan.

"However, since Sept. 11, our churches in the United States havebecome exponentially more vocal about praising and defending our owngolden calf: the United States," one thesis reads.

Some of the supporters and endorsers of the fledgling movement areaffiliated with the Vineyard church network, Mennonite churches andPentecostal congregations. The movement has sent its theses to more than100 headquarters of churches, denominational "peace fellowships" andother ministries, Smith said.

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