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Pardon Me Church, but Your American Idolatry is Showing

Posted by : Brian | On : July 6, 2014

It’s almost that time of year where thousands of Christians citizens go to church in order to worship God America by singing spiritual patriotic songs and talk about the freedom they have in Christ America. Prayers of thankfulness for Jesus soldiers dying on the cross on the battlefield will fill the sanctuary. The superior idolators will attempt to correlate a soldier’s death to the redeeming work that Christ did on the cross. They may take some time to publicly recite catechisms the pledge of allegiance and sing Amazing Grace the National Anthem.

Of course there’s those churches that don’t need the 4th of July or Memorial Day to display their American idolatry, such as the church pictured below:photo

One of several churches that Keri and I have passed that proudly displays the American flag above the Christian flag.

Now I’m not a big man of symbolism, although I do wear a wedding ring, I’ve been baptized, and I take communion regularly – all symbolic. I don’t really care much about birthdays or other nationalized holidays, however. But if you’re going to use symbolic representations such as flags, please do it right. In the photo above, we have a symbolic representation of America, a symbolic representation of North Carolina, and a symbolic representation of – let’s see, what is that? Oh yes, Christianity.

For those that are unaware, the place of honor for a flag is centered and above other flags. If all flags are of equal height, the “marching right” (usually the onlookers left) is the place of honor. For the church above, their flag placement (if their symbolism means anything – and if it doesn’t, why are they out?) shows that America is most important, North Carolina is next, and then Christianity gets an honorable mention.

If your church doesn’t have flags flying outside, there may be a good chance that they are inside on stage. Which one is in the place of honor? Take a look this Sunday. The “marching right” in the auditorium would be to the right from the speaker’s view, not the congregation’s (i.e. the congregation’s left).

Now I am in favor of not having the American flag displayed in churches at all because Christianity transcends nationalism. In fact, 1 Peter 2 tells us that we are “a chosen race, a royal preisthood, a holy nation.” Christianity isn’t defined by geographical borders, so why is our idea of Christianity limited to America? I am more of a brother to an Iraqi or Afghani or Iranian Christian than I am to the American atheist.

(Insert plug for Chuck Baldwin’s article Christians’ Love of the Warfare State is Killing Other Christians.)

Patriotic holidays, including the 4th of July, have essentially lost their intended meaning and become another day to get drunk and sensationalize America’s do-no-wrong greatness. In the church, we just don’t get drunk.

American idolatry is nothing new, but my awareness of it is fairly new. I noticed how church members can sit with their arms crossed and eyes half-closed while the pastor spoke of Christ’s death on the cross, but hoot, holler, and tear up when a slideshow is played of American soldiers carrying “Old Glory” to the background of “God Bless America.” I noticed how church members are ashamed to speak of Jesus in public, but can’t wait to share about their son/daughter/nephew/niece who just joined the military. I noticed that churches invite military members to wear their uniform to church on Sundays nearest patriotic holidays-because that’s why we go to church.

It’s ok, rather good, to love your country, and I do love mine. But when God says “Have no other gods before Me,” that includes America.

Comment (1)

  1. FREDDY GALLO said on 19-07-2016

    People will not listen to God, because people prefer to listen to a lie than to the truth….God said, “YOU SHALL NOT MAKE, SERVE, OR BOW DOWN TO ANY CARVED IMAGE IN THE LIKENESS OF HEAVEN ABOVE, OR IN THE LIKENESS OF ANYTHING ON THE EARTH BELOW”, (EX.20), (DE.4)…What do the founding fathers of the nations do, they made carved images of the stars, the moon, the sun, of birds and four footed beasts, in the likeness of heaven above and in the likeness of the earth below, and set the carved images in the flag to serve them, and the flag is high and lifted up on a flag pole, and those who are serving the flag are serving idols, and God calls this type of flag service” idolatry”…The nations will not listen to God, because they love to serve their idols…When the nations play their national anthem, at the sound of music, the nations stand and sing a song to their idol…When the U.S. plays the national anthem, at the sound of music, they stand on their feet and sing a song to the spangled star of heaven…When the king of Babylon played the national anthem, at the sound of music, the Babylonians would fall down and worship the gold image…So, whats the difference between falling down and worshiping, or standing up and worshiping? The nations idols are high and lifted up to heaven.

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