“We are all patriots first”

December 7, 2007 at 9:58 pm (Uncategorized)

I was listening to the radio on the way home from work last night.  Being discussed was the speech Mitt Romney had given regarding his faith.  During this discussion they were interviewing different people on their thoughts about the speech, Romney and the role of faith and politics.  A phrase caught my full attention.  One responder who was being interviewed as a devout christian, stated “we are all patriots first”.

I believe this is very true in 2007 in the United States of America and I think that is why we are in so much trouble in the world.  The U.S. christian church – including Protestants and Catholics, mainline denominations, evangelical denominations, etc. have all embraced this sentiment.  How many God Bless American bumper stickers, checks, cut out flags from the newspaper, etc. especially following Sept. 11, 2001, have we all seen.

I want to stand up against this patriotic version of church and say I am not a patriot first.  I am a Christ follower first and a mom,  second.  I believe the United States has gotten itself into a poor position in the world and I believe in God’s eyes because of this patriotism first.  The U.S. Church is remembering John 3:16 as only the “that He gave His only begotten son.”  and have forgotten the “For God so loved the world”.  My bible does not say for God so loved the United States of America or democracy or the developed world, etc.

I have been reading about this topic since I became inflamed last night and like a lot of what the Mennonnite faith has to say about this topic. 

A Christian pledge of allegiance

I pledge allegiance to Jesus Christ,
And to God’s kingdom for which he died—
One Spirit-led people the world over, indivisible,
With love and justice for all.

By June Alliman Yoder and J. Nelson Kraybill

It is time for the church to take back its faith and to stand united under Christ and for the first time in a long time I am actually filled with a desire to work with the church and to love the church and to call it to repentance.

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1 Comment

  1. juli said,

    right on!

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