Today is July 4th. While many of my readers may be celebrating Independence Day, I want to explain why I am not.
BUT: I am NOT a traitor. I thank God that I live where I do. I appreciate the freedoms that we do have here.
However, I am not celebrating this day because of what the Bible says.
The Bible says that we are to worship God alone. We are to honour those in authority (Romans 13), but we are not to worship the country. We are not to swear (James 5:12); and our allegiance must go to God ONLY.
Now this does not mean that we should blatantly disobey the laws of the land. We are to obey the laws, as long as they do not come into conflict with what God says (Acts 5:29).
Patriotism means “Love of and devotion to one’s country”. We are told to “love not the world” (1 John 2:16-17).
We cannot serve two masters; the Bible makes that clear. “Serving God and Country” cannot work. We must decide where we will put our allegiance; and according to the Bible, it is to GOD that we give our allegiance.
Also consider that, while the founding fathers had some good morals, they were not Christians (contrary to what David Barton says). George Washington died a Catholic; John Adams was a Unitarian; Jefferson exalted reason above the Bible; Ben Franklin was a Freemason and a member of the Hellfire Club (a debaucherous club in England). Many thought that Jesus was a good man, but not necessarily God.
“Original sin was as ridiculous as imputed righteousness.” –Benjamin Franklin
“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being of his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States of America will do away with all this artificial scaffolding and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines…” –Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to John Adams, April 11th, 1823
“Among the sayings and discourses imputed to him by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of most lovely benevolence; and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatism, and imposture as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being. I separate therefore the gold from the dross; restore to him the former, and leave the latter to the stupidity of some, and roguery of his disciples. Of this band of dupes and imposters, Paul was the great Coryphaeus, and fist corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus. These palpable interpolations and falsifications of his doctrines led me to try to sift them apart.” –Thomas Jefferson in a letter to William Short, Monticello, April 13th, 1820
“It was a long tradition among both the Maryland Province Jesuit Fathers and the Negro slaves of the Washington plantation and those of the surrounding area that the first President died a Catholic. These and other facts about George Washington are reported in the Paulist Information Magazine by Doran Hurely. The story is that Father Leonard Neale, S.J. [a Jesuit], was called to Mount Vernon from St. Mary’s Mission across the Piscataway River four hours before Washington’s death. Washington’s body servant Juba is the authority for the fact the General made the Sign of the Cross at meals. He may have learned this from his Catholic lieutenants, Stephen Moylan or John Fitzgerald. At Valley Forge, Washington forbade the burning in effigy of the Pontiff on Popes’ Day. Several times as President he is reported to have slipped into a Catholic church to hear Sunday mass.” –The Denver Register, February 24th, 1957
“The long report among slaves of Mount Vernon as to Washington’s deathbed conversion would be odd unless based on truth. These were not Catholic Negroes; it is part of the tradition that weeping and wailing occurred in the quarters that Massa Washington had been snared by the Scarlet Woman of Rome, whom they had been taught to fear and hate. Supposedly Father Neale was rowed across the Piscataway by Negro oarsmen; and men often talked freely when slaves were nearby, confidentially ignoring their presence.” –The Denver Register, May 11th, 1952
“…Washington died a Catholic. The facts concerning this have been well publicized and would seem to leave little room for doubt. Four hours before Washington’s death, Fr. Leonard Neale, S.J., was called to Mount Vernon from St. Mary’s Mission across the Piscataway River where he baptized President Washington.” –The Angelus, February 1998, Volume X, Number 2, “Catholics and the Republic”
I do not hate the founding fathers; I do not hate America. I just do not, and cannot, be patriotic, as it is unbiblical. When the decision between God and country comes, we as Christians must choose God.
The Christians in early Rome had to choose between Rome and God, and they chose God. We must also make the choice to serve God. We must obey the laws of the land, as long as they do not conflict with God’s laws. But we must not worship nor pledge our allegiance to the nation.
For more information about these subjects, check out these resources:
Polycarp–Destroyer of Gods
A young slave girl, Anna, is rescued and adopted by Christians in the 2nd century Smyrna and befriended by their aged bishop, Polycarp. As Anna is taught by Polycarp and her new family, she struggles to reconcile her beliefs with those of the Christians. When the Roman proconsul demands that all citizens worship Caesar to show their allegiance to Rome, Polycarp and the Christians must find courage to stand for their faith against the growing threat of persecution. Anna is forced to come to grips with the truth and choose whom she is willing to live – and die – for.
Noise of Thunder
The videos Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers, and the Secret Mysteries of America’s History explain the founding of America in detail.