In this nativity scene, what lies in the manger is the serpent. But to Congressman Massie and those who see with like eyes, it is sweet baby Jesus. The gun per se, though it has been used for great evil and in truth was designed for such use, is a tool, an implement. As itsContinue reading “Celebrating the birth of Antichrist in Kentucky”
When the Fourth of July falls on a Sunday, Christians need to be careful about how they relate patriotism and worship.
Psalms 95 through 101 utter the praise of the Lord in an unobstructed way. The Psalmist focuses on the Lord’s mighty acts of deliverance on behalf of his people, and joy wells up and overflows as the natural response to the goodness of God. Psalm 102 drops down into a place of suffering and distress,Continue reading “The dark turn of Psalm 106”
Loyalty is a good thing, right? Word history that I did not know until just now (thank you, Merriam-Webster): English “loyal” derives from Old French leel or leial, which in turn derives from Latin legalis. How do you get from “legal” to “loyal”? Apparently the oldest sense of “loyalty” has to do with unswerving allegianceContinue reading “Two pathologies of loyalty”
It is possible to be both a patriot and a Christian. It is not possible to confuse patriotism with Christianity and still be truly Christian. It is possible to love both God and country. To become confused about which love is absolute, and which conditioned upon the absolute, is to become an idolater or aContinue reading “Can a Christian be a patriot?”