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Fischer: Worshiping God a Patriotic Duty

Bryan Fischer quotes the Bible claiming that if a nation doesn’t worship God, he’ll crash their economy. Therefore it’s your “patriotic duty” to worship God. Because quoting the Bible is just so incredibly convincing. You mean the Bible says you should worship God? How surprising. This god of theirs really is a massive narcissist — if you aren’t thinking of me all the time, I’m going to hurt you. Sounds like an abusive husband, doesn’t it?

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  1. John Pieret says

    Who knew that Hitler, when he brought Germany out of the Great Depression (and, ultimately, the US too) was doing his patriotic duty?

  2. thebookofdave says

    Therefore it’s your “patriotic duty” to worship blaspheme God.

    FIFH. Speech is a constitutional right, but how can we be sure it survives unless we test it with unpopular speech? Also, faith should undergo similar testing, or it will become indistinguishable from privilege. Bryan Fischer can thank us later.

  3. Chiroptera says

    When I was a conservative evangelical Christian, I was disturbed by the unapologetic nationalism that was coming from the pulpit. It was pretty clear to me, even as young as I was, that pro-US nationalism was an unacknowledged tenet of evangelical Christianity — or at least of the Baptist sect to which I belonged. It doesn’t seem all that strange to me to see the arguments go the other way: good Christians obey the state, good Patriots worship the evangelical Protestant god.

    Even though I’m no longer a Christian, most forms of “patriotism” still seem like idolatry to me.

  4. Alverant says

    @3
    It is idolatry but with the focus shifted. Now the state (their version of it) can do no wrong and questioning it is the same as being against it. We saw in during W’s administration with the “questioning us is helping the terrorists” philosophy. Look at patriotism in other countries, it was often used as an excuse to do horrible things.

  5. says

    Bryan Fischer needs to read “The Bible Unearthed”.

    Virtually nothing that is recounted in Judges, Kings, et al, actually happened in the way it was claimed happened.

    Those tales are pure propaganda. Never happened.

  6. Pierce R. Butler says

    Can someone please fill me in on the details of the Great Apostasy of October 1929?

  7. Larry says

    The Tony Soprano of dieties.

    Ya got a nice economy there, US. Be a shame if something were to happen to it.

  8. Chiroptera says

    Pierce R. Butler, #6: Can someone please fill me in on the details of the Great Apostasy of October 1929?

    Flappers! The Charleston! White people listening the black people music! It was Sodom and Gomorrah all over again!

  9. says

    It was pretty clear to me, even as young as I was, that pro-US nationalism was an unacknowledged tenet of evangelical Christianity

    Until the government does something they don’t like. Then they start talking about secession.

  10. grumpyoldfart says

    That whole message is just a variation on the “Send me your love offering and god will repay you ten-fold” sermon.

  11. fmitchell says

    Neither the first nor the last time the Christian god is likened to an abusive spouse. “If you don’t do everything I say then I’ll wreck your life and then make you suffer for eternity. But I’m doing this because I love you. I just wish you wouldn’t make me so mad …”

  12. Synfandel says

    I wonder whether God will take into consideration the fact that, when he deep-sixes the US economy because Americans don’t worship him enough, it will take the whole world economy down with it, as it did in 2008, in spite of the fact that Muslim countries worship him constantly.

  13. Karen Locke says

    IIRC, the early Christians got into trouble in the Roman world partly because they wouldn’t do their Patriotic Duty (TM) and make the public sacrifices required of citizens to the local protective deity. The irony…

  14. thebookofdave says

    To be fair to early Christians, fulfilling patriotic duties in imperial Rome was an impossible task. They didn’t even have American flag lapel pins in those days, fer Chrissakes! Someone had to be the fall guy.

  15. sigurd jorsalfar says

    So is Bryan Fischer’s god a national god or a personal god? Growing up I was always taught that God had switched from being the national god of the Jews to being the personal god of everyone through the birth and sacrifice of his son Jesus, and no longer cared about nations, just individuals. We would all be punished or saved based on our own personal merits, and collective punishment for the sins of a few had been abandoned.

    So I find it bizarre and amusing how American fundamentalists insist that the Christian god is pretty much the national god of the United States, who punishes or blesses America collectively based on the deeds or misdeeds of a few Americans.

  16. Nick Gotts says

    Saudi Arabia should be bankrupt by this “logic”. – No One

    No, surely by this logic, Wahhabi Islam is the True Religion. I expect Fischer to announce his conversion anytime now.

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