A major contradiction looms over American culture and its crisis of identity. Their so-called love of country and their claim to the Christian faith is both contradictory and sacrilegious in that the Bible they uphold commands them not to love any other entity but God Himself. Yet, Americans pledge allegiance to the flag and seem to uphold the U.S. Constitution over the concepts of the Bible.
Money, also, is clearly within the bounds of being worshipped from under the power of capitalism above the concepts of the Bible. Having faith and belief in a symbolic object and the power it commands is definitely a form of idolatry. So if the flag and the dollar bill take precedence over God and the words of the Bible, Americans would be considered idolaters.
"And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish" Deuteronomy 8:19.
Swearing, in the form of laying hands on the Holy Bible to take an oath is also idolatry. The scripture says, "But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation" James 5:12.
Swearing and pledging and not fulfilling the oath or pledge is how Old Testament souls got into trouble with God. So today, you can imagine what tribulation many lying souls face. Falsifying oaths and pledges are a regular part of American society; in politics, the justice system, and in the life of everyday citizens. No one takes seriously the commitment they entail.
People have resorted to taking God for granted and just as well swear or pledge whatever they feel appropriate. Bribes, lying, cheating and the worship of inanimate objects have become the American way of life and devotion to God has taken a back seat; way back.
This mindset has led to people losing focus of what is important and to forsake the salvation of their souls while placing material things and getting ahead as primary goals. The illusion of love of God has been replaced with love of country and dedication to the flag, anthems, and patriotism. However, the Bible says, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon" Matthew 6:24.
If the allegiance was sincere and performed as a dedication to obeying the commandments of God, then any country should be proud to honor their land. But if the people of the country practice injustice, inequality, and race superiority as a simulation to serving God, then that country has lost focus; that country has forsaken the covenant of God and resorted to trust in man instead, his objects of social control, and the idolatry of money.
© Sep. 2017
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