Thursday, July 06, 2006

Patriotism?

You know, I was thinking. Over the past several days I have heard a lot of great talk about this country and how blessed we are to live here! I am so very thankful that I live in the U.S.A. I still shed a tear when I hear the National Anthem. I still well up with pride when I see old glory waving in the breeze. I still pray every day for the leaders of our land and the soldiers in the battlefield. But I can't help but wonder are we truly blessed to be living in this land? Now, please hear me out on this point, I am not suggesting that I am an unhappy American but I think there are some inconsistancies in the American way and the Christian way.
We live in a land where self indulgence and aquiring wealth are the two highest priorities, Jesus' two highest priorities are love and service. American's want honor and strength, Jesus was meek and humble. You see God's priorities are so different from "American priorities" that it is easy for Christians to get caught up in the wave of patriotism and forget that we ought to be Christians first and Americans second.
Let's all take a lesson from the Romans. The Roman empire was perhaps the strongest and most influencial in all of history. The short story is that the empire crumbled from within due to immoratlity and self indugence. It was easy pickins for conquering! I don't want this to happen to America! From now on continue to celebrate July 4th as our nations independence day but let's look at Easter as the REAL day to celebrate our freedoms. Be blessed beyond belief today.

7 Comments:

At 9:27 AM, Blogger Hawkman said...

The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therfore, to resolve to conquer or die.

George Washington's address to the Continental Army before the battle of Long Island (August 27, 1776)

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger Doug E. Pudge said...

So Hawkman, what does this mean to Christian Americans? How does this quote effect us today? We as Christians know that we don't really own anything and that we aren't really free! So how does General Washington's statement to the Continental Army impact us now? B4T

 
At 9:18 PM, Blogger Swinging Sammy said...

Devotion to our God, and devotion to our country don't have to be mutually exclusive. We need to be devoted to returning our country to GOD.

 
At 7:48 AM, Blogger Doug E. Pudge said...

Sammy, I do agree with you that our devotions do not have to be mutually exclusive but many people put their patriotic desires in front of their Christian desires! That's where we must be careful. B4T

 
At 11:19 AM, Blogger Hawkman said...

...people died that we may live in freedom. That is worth me giving honor and thanks for their sacrifice. I, too, would die for my posterity to live in freedom. A TRUE patriot knows this is to be one nation UNDER God. Only a fool would think their nation, and hence their nationalistic pride, is worthy of more honor, than the God of the universe who allows it to exist.

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger Doug E. Pudge said...

Now Hawkman that is what I am getting at! One nation without God will crumble and fall. Although one nation under God may still indeed fall, the foundation on which it stands will never crumble! B4T

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger Mr. T said...

I do have a question DEP, does not honor and strength come from being meek and humble?

DEP,

You have stepped into "Patriot Territory" here. The allegience of a Patriot is very simple. You look to God to give you your freedoms and with those freedoms a nation UNDER God is born. You see any nation that tries to derive its freedoms from anything but God will have them torn away. As long as God is the one giving the freedoms and that nation understands that we will continue to be free. Freedom and Christ can never be seperate, there is no freedom with out him. Yet I will always believe that this nation should be that beacon of hope to humanity and I will always feel blessed for having been part of it. I know there are evils in this world we live yet it isn't exclusive to America. What is exclusive to America however is the freedom to just "be". The freedom to come as you are. The freedom to be blessed beyond belief. That will always in my mind be the symbol of what a "Christian American Patriot" is and will always be.

 

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