Christian Patriotism?

by admin ~ July 12th, 2014. Filed under: Brandenburg.

Should patriotism be involved in the sacred worship of a church? I’ve read in several instances recently, “No.” What I read said that it violates the regulative principle of worship. We don’t read patriotism in New Testament worship. Let me push back on that idea. When we are patriotic in a service here, which is rare, and usually at this time of the year, patriotism is not an element of worship, but a circumstance. We might sing what some might consider a patriotic song, essentially a song that tells God something such as “blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” That line is from a song, Psalm 33:12. Would America be blessed if America’s God was Lord? Yes. Is natural law biblical? Yes. Is America founded on natural law? Yes. Our God has given us certain inalienable rights. The elements of our worship are regulated by scripture. If we pray a patriotic prayer, an element of worship, prayer, we could pray for kings and all who are in authority, and that would be a prayer regulated by the New Testament. If men submit to the powers ordained by God and at the same time obey God rather than men, why should we not point out the way that aligns itself with the Bible? That would be a proclamation of biblical truth. Patriotism that is just patriotism is not fitting of what stands for God’s kingdom in this age, His church, but regulated by scripture, it is.

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