Friday, September 27, 2013

Who Is Being Worshipped?

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

‘As for patriotism, that second character in the English which renders the task of conversion, as I have called it, impossible, why, English patriotism is best defined in the phrase—“Patriotism is the religion of the English.”  In no other society is the worship of the corporate body of the nation exalted to such a height . . .’ (Hilaire Belloc, ‘The Conversion of England’, Essays of a Catholic, TAN Books and Publishers, Inc., Rockford, Ill., 1992 [1931], pgs. 64-5).

And what is true of England is generally true of her descendants in the united States (especially since Lincoln became ‘the martyred Christ of democracy’s passion play’ in the mythology of the American Empire - quote found at as this ‘church’ service in Florida illustrates all too well.

Southerner, guard against the idolatry of nationalism of any kind (American, Southern, etc.) in your church.

(Thanks to Laurence Vance for publicizing this video:

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