The pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, flag desecration, American flag lapel pins, and placing and holding one's hand over one's heart during that pledge and the national anthem, where does a real Christian stand on these things that some work so hard to make such huge issues (phony issues, misdirection)?
Many people who put a lot of stock in these things claim also to be Christian. They say that the "Pledge" and supposedly honoring the flag and flag lapel-pins and whether or not one holds his or her hand over his heart during that pledge and during the national anthem are all matters of showing one's national patriotism.
All of this raises many issues such as the following:
- Divided allegiances
- Shallowness of spirit
- Doing things to be seen
- Show and no substance
- Misunderstanding freedom
- What is truly sacred
- Resetting agendas to what is shallow
- Spiritual hypocrisy
- False solidarity
- Identification with one's enemies
- Worldly imperialism
- Consolidation of evil
- Mammon worship
- Violations of all that is truly sacred
- False propaganda
- Psychological operations
- False exceptionalism, and
- Supporting war
That list is by no means exhaustive in the particulars, but it represents the summation of the problem. Where is the New Commandment with those who hold with the pledge, the national flag, lapel pins, where and when one holds his or her hand over his or her heart, and national anthems?
The New Commandment is the highest calling of the Christian. It calls for consistency. It calls for the single vision Jesus preached about in his Sermon on the Mount.
The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Luke 11:34.
Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21.
A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. Matthew 12:35.
For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. Luke 6:44.
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. Matthew 7:17.
Now, to understand Jesus and his teachings and deeds is to understand consistency (the absence of hypocrisy). Do those who put great stock in what they consider the supposed patriotic symbols mentioned above bring forth light or darkness, good things or evil, good figs and grapes or thorns and bramble bushes? Are they corrupt or good?
Well, we hear the same ones who illegally spied on people, who illegally authorized torture, who advocated the theft of another nations oil, who illegally invaded other lands murdering even tens of thousands of innocent children, who stole elections, who bore and bear false witness against others, who fight against good stewardship of the house (the whole planet and society, which have been inextricable), who kill and murder and assassinate and maim, and who move the people to accept sexual harm and war, all clamoring about all this so-called patriotic symbolism. They are the biggest hypocrites on the planet.
Jesus preached against exactly what these hypocrites and liars stand for and do. The same kind of liars and hypocrites murdered Jesus for saying what he did and doing what he did.
Not one of them is a real Christian. Not one of them is really even trying to be. They are phonies. All real Christians and those who are really trying to be Christian will not stand with these blatantly corrupt people.
Real Christians and those who want to be will do everything they can to be consistent, and that means being consistent with everything Jesus said and did. He did nothing and said nothing that has been recorded concerning his ministry that closed the door on consistency all the way from here to perfection. No one else did that before he did — not the one they call the Buddha, not the one they call Krishna, not Abraham or Moses or Elijah, or anyone else. Mohammed didn't do it afterwards either. Mohammed wasn't a Christian. He wasn't a follower of Jesus Christ. Anyone who doubts that isn't thinking clearly.
Karl Rove is not a Christian. Sean Hannity is not a Christian. Rupert Murdoch is not a Christian. There is no such thing as a so-called conservative, Republican Christian. Anyone who wants to be a Christian must not follow any of them or take his or her cues from them or anyone who is in agreement with them in their antichrist positions.
Christians are those who do what Jesus said to the best of their abilities. Anyone who doesn't isn't a Christian. Rove, Hannity, Murdoch, and others could easily change from their self-centered, deceptive practices if they were trying to be Christian.
That's the way it is. It's the truth, the whole truth.
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And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)