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True Patriotism

What does true patriotism look like?  If you follow politics then you know the word patriotism and patriot is used a lot.  Politicians claim they are patriotic.  Opponents state the other guy is not. Whole parties are claimed to be unpatriotic.  What defines patriotism is often subjective.

Jeremiah the Patriot

Jeremiah had a great love for his nation. He was a patriot.  He mourned the judgment coming upon the people.  He understood the sin of the people and spoke out against the sin. He also understood God’s judgment because of sin.  In chapter 38 Jeremiah has been told by God to preach that the city will be destroyed.  This is not an easy message for Jeremiah, but it is the truth.  Jeremiah had a love for his people.  However, he had a greater love for God and speaking the truth.

The result of Jeremiah preaching this message was a strong accusation.  The accusation was clear, Jeremiah is being unpatriotic.  He is hurting the nation with his words.  He is discouraging the fighting men.  Because of these so-called unpatriotic actions and words of Jeremiah, he was thrown into a cistern to die.

What do we learn about patriotism from Jeremiah?

Patriotism is not ignoring sin

If people speak out against sin or injustice, it is a temptation to label them unpatriotic.  We might ask how dare they speak out against our great country.  The mentality is that true patriotism means that we blindly believe that everything our nation does is good.

Ignoring sin is not patriotism.  It is idolatry.  When you give your nation the same characteristics of God, namely moral perfection, then you have a new god.  Instead, patriots recognize what is wrong in our society and speak out against those sins and injustices, calling the nation to repent, because we know that God judges nations.

This is the clear example of Jeremiah.  He was a patriot, but spoke out against sin!

Patriotism involves honesty

Blind allegiance to any nation or party within a nation is not patriotism.  Usually, because this blind allegiance leads to being dishonest with yourself.  You allow yourself to “buy” everything that is being “sold.”  Instead we need to be honest.  We need to be honest about the good and the bad that we see.  We need to have a mature discerning mind that recognizes when a a nation or a party has gone astray.  Then be willing to speak out against what we see is sin or injustice.

Jeremiah was honest about the situation.  He was honest about the sin he saw and the coming destruction.  We should be as well.  We should be willing to see the sin and be discerning enough that eventually sin leads to destruction of nations.

Patriotism involves love for your nation

“Loving the nation” is not a sin.  Jeremiah had a great love for his country and lamented deeply because of its destruction.  Love for something requires that we seek its best.  Thus when we love our nation we are seeking what is best for it. As a Christian we understand that what is best for our nation is that it promotes righteousness and not sin.  In order to do this we must be true patriots like Jeremiah.  Patriots who from a deep love of our people are willing to tell the truth.

That is True Patriotism!

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11 Comments

  1. Whoever wrote this blather has missed some points. Telling the truth is certainly important. But in many cases, some who tell the “truth” seriously hurt and sometimes kill innocent people, as one example. Much depends of what an individual sees as “the truth”. Is it that person’s truth? Or is it the pure unadulterated truth? When Jeremiah spoke, he was thrown in a well. Why? Could it have been that the people didn’t want to hear “his” truth. So, for telling the truth, he perished. If it were “the pure truth” then his death was nothing more than murder. And this is what can happen when some person, or persons, utter what they think is the truth in the name of a high order of God-like behavior. That is not patriotism! For someone to take, for example, information that will harm another and publicly proclaim it in the name of “truth” is NOT patriotism – it’s treason! And it is also a sin because it causes the death of another – homicide – which is AGAINST God’s law.

  2. Wesley

    August 11, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Bill,

    I think you missed the point of the post. The point of the post was to state that it is okay, even patriotic, to speak out against sin that we see within our nation.

    Wesley

  3. “They must find it difficult … those who have taken authority as the truth rather than truth as the authority.” Unknown

  4. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (February 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian and martyr. He was also a participant in the German resistance movement against Nazism and a founding member of the Confessing Church. His involvement in plans by members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office) to assassinate Adolf Hitler resulted in his arrest in April 1943 and his subsequent execution by hanging in April 1945, 23 days before the Nazis’ surrender. His view of Christianity’s role in the secular world has become very influential. He said it better than I could hope to do.

    “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.

  5. Christian patriotism is promoting a government of, by, and for the people rather than a government of, by, and for the people. See “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at http://www.missiontoisrael.org/blvc-index.php.

  6. There is really only one “Truth”. His Name is Yeshua, and He can be found in the Torah of Yaweh God. It is not convienient or fun for many people, but it is, none the less, Truth. It will always be hard for those who want to do their own thing, but in the end, His voice will call those who love and fear Him to do what is right. He is calling right now, in a time when it seems like everything is falling apart, to do what is right. Can you do it?

  7. My previous comment should read: Christian patriotism is promoting a government of, by, and for *Yahweh* rather than a government of, by, and for the people. See “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at http://www.missiontoisrael.org/blvc-index.php.

  8. Missionary James

    August 12, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Bill….You completely missed the point, talked about a completely different subject and undercut the very real and accurate truth of scripture!

    We have too many Christians within the Body of Christ that are Manby-Pamby politically Correct Approval of men seekers, rather than seeking the approval of God!

    Why is this? Failure to obey 2Timothy 2:15

    Please shut up with your false Humility and Wisdom. It is sickening already! Intensely Study God’s Word for 2-years, with much prayer, then get back with us! Wanna know what you’ll say then?

    Sorry guys for being a Fool….

  9. Christians believe there is one moral absolute, based from the nature of their god. I believe there are ideals which can be shown to be better than other viewpoints based on whether they benefit humanity or not. Now, their arguments rely on gods commandments from the bible. Mine are based on human nature, logic and rational discourse. Since their god allowed slavery, and commanded that people kill disobedient children and women who are not virgins when they got married, it becomes very obvious which mindset is actually benefiting mankind. Killing children who were disobedient does not help society. Killing women who are not virgins when they get married does not either. In fact, since a woman can break her hymen from other physical activities than sexual intercourse, you could be killing virgins by mistake. That viewpoint is not only harming people, it permits people to be killed for no mistake on their part. That is not only a proof that their belief system is flawed, it harms the very people they believe they are helping.

  10. Wesley

    August 12, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Jeff- Who gets to decide whether it benefits humanity? Many leaders and movements have done atrocious things for the “benefit of humanity.” How can you decide whether they are right or not?

    Second, where did this rational mind you now have come from?

  11. Wesley, I know Jeff from another forum. He’s an avowed atheist who despises the Word of God as contained in the Bible.

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