Wednesday, March 20, 2013

False Federal Gods

"These are your gods, O America, which brought you up out of the land of Egypt."

It's not too hard to hear this in the political discourse of our day.

Over at the Acton Institute's blog, Ray Nothstine asks, "Is the divinization of the Federal government complete?"

He writes, "Even throughout American history it has generally been understood by both parties that the federal government can’t or shouldn’t solve all of our problems. Instead, we see lawmakers almost ritualistically dancing on the dead bodies of innocent victims in their call for more spending and government involvement in our lives. It’s becoming a gruesome cult like practice." He goes on to cite Richard Weaver's classic Ideas Have Consequences, "It is likely that human society cannot exist without some source of sacredness. Those states which have sought openly to remove it have tended in the end to assume divinity themselves."

This is a serious issue which Christians should take seriously. It is increasingly important that we reject this idolatry root and branch.

We began to address this issue in this sermon:

It’s one thing for us to say, “We know that America is not a god. For us there is only one God. We know that freedom only comes from God and not from America.” But does that knowledge then make us free to eat meat in the idol’s temple? Not at all. Many people around us really do believe that America is essential to their life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. They really do put their trust in the American economy, American democracy, American educational system, or American military. These are the things that ensure real life for them. This is idolatry. As Christians, we cannot lead a brother into that as though he can hold fast to Christ and Americanism, too. That’s polytheism, and it is anti-Christ.

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