A Fourth of July Reminder

1. Jesus was not an American. He was a Palestinian Jew.

2. America is not, and was not, God’s chosen country. Israel was.

3. Jesus was not a capitalist, and didn’t endorse our economic system.

4. Jesus was not patriotic. His was a heavenly, not earthly, kingdom.

5. God’s Word and patriotism do NOT go hand in hand. I call bullshit.

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! I hope you have an enjoyable holiday! Just please, please, please don’t mix your patriotism with your religious beliefs! It doesn’t do either any good!

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About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16232186225573312896 Incongruous Circumspection

    Agreed. I like Jesus' economic system. Screw working….just find money in fish.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15528465833214550644 Katy-Anne

    Thank-you. I agree with you, but people normally tell me to "shut up since you're not American and if you don't like America then go back home." (Why do they think I don't LIKE America just because I don't think Jesus was a capitalist, or that America is chosen, etc)?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10562805251128821984 Libby Anne

    Katy-Anne – "Why do they think I don't LIKE America just because I don't think Jesus was a capitalist, or that America is chosen, etc?"This. I'm right there with you! I get people saying this too and I hate it! You don't have to mix your religious views with your patriotism in order to be patriotic! Patriotism is defined as "love for or devotion to one's country." There's nothing in there about believing your country was founded by God or that your economic system was endorsed by Jesus! There's also nothing in there about thinking that your country is perfect or can't be improved upon.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15654013636892916062 Erika Martin – Stampin’ Mama

    Well said! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15528465833214550644 Katy-Anne

    Libby, I tend to see America as "my country" now although I'm not a citizen yet. That's because I have a husband and children who are US citizens, and they are my life. When we can afford citizenship (it's expensive) I'll get it. I guess what I am saying is that a lot of American's don't consider America to be "my country". But, it's my home now, it's where my family is. I tend to think of "home" as it relates to family rather than geographical location. I am thankful to be in America, but I also don't think that my home country (Australia) is inferior just because it's not America. From what I have been reading in my Bible, I see Jesus as being more socialistic than capitalistic, more revolutionary rather than just going along with the crowd, someone who advocated obeying the government instead of civil disobedience, someone who believed in peace instead of war, someone who had compassion on the poor, on those who were down and out. I think most fundamentalists today, if they could really see who Jesus is instead of viewing him through their cultural lens, I think they would hate him. They'd think him a raving liberal. I think that's why they create Jesus in their own image, because they cannot stand the Jesus of the Bible. Instead of serving Jesus, they are serving a figment of their imaginations. That means they are really just worshiping idols. They claim they are serving Jesus, and I think it's ironic that apparently they think that Jesus has the same convictions they do, and thinks the same way they do.Well, maybe I should write my own blog post haha.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01641970264436339191 dulce de leche

    Excellent! I have been resharing a post I wrote on Patriotism and Piety. :)http://dulcefamily.blogspot.com/2009/02/patriotism-and-piety.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09779444962182438901 Enigma

    hahahaha. this is awesome. thank you for making my day. :D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10562805251128821984 Libby Anne

    Katy-Anne – I completely agree with you! Jesus was a socialist granola munching hippie. It is completely bizarre how fundamentalists have been able to twist him into a capitalist, patriotic war-monger. Like, what? Something just doesn't add up there!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10562805251128821984 Libby Anne

    Dulce – I just read your blog post, and I love it! "It just seems to me that somehow, Christianity has become synonymous with nationalism, at least in the minds of some people, and that disturbs me." EXACTLY. And I have to ask, what about Christians in other countries? Or what about Americans who aren't Christians? This equivocation – Christianity and American nationalism – is wrong on so many levels!

  • Lola

    Some of these comments just remind me of something my brother said when he was young (like 5th or 6th grade) and dealing for the first time with not being "patriotic enough" because he wasn't "Christian enough" and the more noticeably overt racism that was a result of 9/11 (especially in our hometown)."But don't they get it, Jesus was a hippie communist who would have looked more like a "terrorist" than all these blond guys they keep painting!" He was always baffled at the pictures of Jesus that looked more like him (blond hair, light eyed, classically "All American" than like me, olive skinned, dark hair and eyes and looks that clearly come from the Jewish side of our family)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03234821657523195681 Elizabeth

    A good reminder indeed :)

  • Anonymous

    "It just seems to me that somehow, Christianity has become synonymous with nationalism, at least in the minds of some people, and that disturbs me." It's called propaganda. Connect people's love of country with their love of Jesus, no, make them indistinguishable. Say you can't have one without the other. Denounce those who don't see it this way as "Unamerican," basically using devastating adult-sized weapons to say the childish phrase: "You can't be a member of our club!"