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The Religion of Patriotism

American patriotism has become a religion, complete with inspired “scripture” (the Constitution and other writings), patriarchs (the Founding Fathers) whose words are sacred, and martyrs (patriots) willing to die for what they believe in.

When I discuss the Sermon on the Mount with professing Christians, they send me quotes from the Founding Fathers, as if their “revelation” cancels out everything Jesus taught.

They see me as weak because I believe Jesus meant what He said, and I believe Jesus’ way of the cross is the only way that really advances true righteousness in the earth. They conclude that our country is in the mess it’s in because of people like me.

Worshipers at the altar of patriotism are blinded by their devotion to something other than Christ.

Alot of work goes into keeping a nation in love with itself. Continual propaganda that demonizes every other nation, glorification of the military and carefully controlled news about its objectives and actions,  indoctrination of children with the wonders of their country compared to all others, and a whitewashing of historical events.

It does not surprise me when unbelievers worship at this altar. All men worship, and we will seldom find a person who does not worship their country of birth.  Nation worship is a way to identify with something bigger, something unbelievers hope will protect them.

What hurts the most is professing Christians worshiping at this altar.

Our mother is “Jerusalem Above”–that free country that can only be seen in the Spirit by those who are born again (Gal. 4:26; John 3:3).  Have we not come to Mount Zion, the city of the Living God, the heavenly Jerusalem? (Heb. 12:22)  It appears that many have not.

The sad reality is that many professing believers do not really want the “promised land” that is Christ, and they do not want His Jerusalem Above.  They look with longing back to Egypt (the world and its self-preserving ways).  They want flesh, and flesh they will have until it comes out their nostrils unless they repent (Num. 11:18-20).  They do not seek the things which are above; no, their affections are firmly planted in the things on earth–their lives, belongings, & physical “freedoms” (Col. 3:1-3). They are not looking to the eternal things which are not seen;  they love what is temporal (2 Cor. 4:18).  They forget that the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (I’m proud to be an American...) are not of the Father, but are of this perishing world (I John 2:15-17).

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. (Heb. 11:24-27)

How many professing Christians today are refusing to be identified as children of Pharaoh? How many would rather suffer affliction with the people of God than enjoy a season of pleasure bought with the bloodshed and oppression of others? Not too many. Most are like Esau–gratify me with soup now, and I care not what I lose later.

They do not see the One who is invisible, nor do they really want to see Him.  His name is on their lips but His ways are not in their hearts.

They have explained His teachings away and are confident in their judgment of His Words, because majority opinion is on their side.

They have judged His cross unbearable and unimportant, and they have inadvertently judged every godly martyr a fool for not fighting back.

They are most uncomfortable following the humble Jesus down paths of self-denial; they prefer earthly leaders they can see with their eyes, who will justify their disobedience and promise them the moon.

They have traded in the Sword of the Spirit for the sword of Constantine, and they do not know that they are now naked in battle. They are like Samson just shorn, unaware that the Spirit has even gone.

It is time to exit false religion once and for all. It is time to tear down the altars, and destroy the “high places” in our hearts where we worship idols. It is time to figure out who we are going to serve, the gods of our fathers or the One True God. Wars will continue until the end, and as long as men war, the religion of patriotism will continue to be practiced all over the earth. But our kingdom is not of this world.  Our allegiance is to the kingdom of Christ, and our duty is to bring people who think they are “free” into the true liberty of the children of God (Rom. 8:21).

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen  (I John 5:21).

One Response to “The Religion of Patriotism”

  1. Alan Ray said

    This is all so true. Jesus more or less identified taking up the sword for one’s cause as Satanism, when he saw Peter’s heart by his rejection of the cross(Get behind me Satan; you don’t savor the things of God, but those of men). Samuel identified rebellion is as witchcraft and idolatry. The wicked doesn’t know what he stumbles on. He’s too proud, too wise in his own conceit to be instructed or repent. His pride keeps him shackled to the path of destruction along with the majority.
    But a wise man will hear the word and humble himself and obey. He will flee the darkness and escape the sea of fools. He will recognize and confess his sins, and be at peace with God. His loyalty becomes God-centered, instead of self-centered and patriotic.

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