JR. Forasteros - April 10, 2022

God is Not an American

God is Not an American

Love of country can morph into nationalism - putting our country before everything else. Believing we're chosen, that God loves us more than anyone else. Palm Sunday reminds us that Jesus is not on our side - rather, he invites us to follow him, to be on HIS side. How does following Jesus free us to love our country truly as well?

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Do you consider yourself a patriot? [DISCUSSION]

This is where I find it helpful to distinguish carefully between Nationalism and Patriotism. Patriotism is love of one’s country. It’s being able to look at our country, flaws and all, and say, “I’m really glad to be an American.”

Or, as author James Baldwin put it, “I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” — James Baldwin

Nationalism is different. Nationalism says not, “I love my country,” but “My country is better than every other country.” It elevates love of people to a place where the people or nation can’t be criticizes. My nation is perfect, so any criticism can’t come from a place of love, but hate.

That’s an idol, plain and simple.

Let’s explore the good news that real patriotism is only possible when we love another nation first – God’s kingdom.

Join us Sunday as we learn how Jesus free us from nationalism so we can truly love our country – and everyone else too.

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