• Kent Brandenburg

Christian Patriotism?

How does being a patriotic American relate to the Bible and church? Is this even biblical? It’s difficult to make the entire argument in this small space, but I believe we can be patriotic as a church. This doesn’t mean that God is worshiped by singing a patriotic song; He isn’t. We won’t sing patriotic songs as an act of worship. Mormons have a view very close to the idea that the U.S. Constitution is inspired by God. That’s also not true. Christian patriotism could be something further than Paul’s claiming and using Roman citizenship. It was helpful to him based upon the providence of God. The providence of God is a practical ramification of the sovereignty of God. Because of the power, wisdom, and love of God, we can know that He allows and causes everything, so that He is working all things together for good to those who love God. We look for those ways. The United States is an example of the providence of God, especially the idea of America, and any way that the scriptural aspects of this idea are upheld. By being patriotic, we are being thankful to God for what He has done. We want to support this. We want to hang on to this. We don’t want to lose this. America is a part of the plan of God. God has used the country insofar that America has held to scriptural concepts and a belief in the true God. Righteousness has exalted the nation. Sin is increasingly though being a reproach to the nation, and we would do well as salt to retard that corruption in a patriotic manner.

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