Comfortable Idolatry? – Padding our prayer benches in the flag

Here is more evidence of nationalism in our culture. This couldn’t be further from anything Christian. Product:

Folding Prayer Bench, Patriotic Edition Walnut meditation bench upholstered in American Flag fabric to enhance your prayer time.

Source: Amazon.com (available for purchase by clicking image)

The flag, of any nation, and the cross of Christ NEVER belong together. For those who don’t think nationalism is a big problem, here’s evidence that indeed it is. Ironically, the description even appeals to this passage: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness…” Hhhhhhmmmmmm….

What thoughts do you have about nationalism in general and this padded kneeler in specific?

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  • HisFireFly

    thumbs down here, I agree with you

  • RT

    Dear Mr. Willems,

    What should be obvious to any “True American” is a concept called
    “the rules of God and Country” (something that they left out of those commie
    books you liked reading when you were in school). One of these rules is that
    while you cannot present the flag in a disrespectful manner by wearing an “American
    Flag T-shirt,” you can use it to upholster anything that is pro God and Country.”
    This falls into that category.

    • Stephen G. Parker

      RT – You have totally missed the point; though I suppose that pointing this out to someone who lashes out a Kurt for supposedly reading “commie” books in school is useless. :lol:

      The point is not whether this is disrespectful to the American flag from a US legal point of view. The point is that is disrespectful to God and “His” Kingdom. Of course if you ‘worship’ the USA – or a nationalistic “god” – then I suppose you would find nothing wrong with covering a “prayer bench” with a flag. But for those of us who believe that there is only the One, who is “the God of all the earth”, this amounts to sacrilege and idolatry.

      We do not believe that the USA is “God’s chosen nation”; nor do we believe that God will be especially pleased with us for our ‘patriotism’ in using a flag as a focus in in our prayers – and therefore that “He” will be more likely to “hear” our prayers. God simply does not have a ‘favorite nation’, no matter how much ‘American patriots’ may hate to hear it. And a US flag is most certainly not a ‘symbol’ or ‘representation’ of God.

      So go and learn what this means: “My house shall be called a house of prayer for ALL NATIONS”.

      • RT

        Thank for your reply.

        Your statement, “The point is not whether this is
        disrespectful to the American flag from a US legal point of view. The point is that is disrespectful to God and “His” Kingdom. Of course if you
        ‘worship’ the USA – or a nationalistic “god” ” is correct. I agree
        with you. This is what I was attempting to point out with my satirical reply to Kurt. So we are on the same page.

        And just to clear one more point up, you stated, “though I suppose that pointing this out to someone who lashes out a Kurt for supposedly
        reading “commie” books in school is useless.” This is true. While Kurt
        and I do not agree on everything, I know Kurt’s heart. He has become a great man and he will soon be a great father.

        Be well and do good.

        • http://patheos.com/blogs/thepangeablog/ Kurt Willems
        • Stephen G. Parker

          RT – Ah! So that was satire. Please pardon my ‘reprimand’. :smile: Obviously Kurt recognized the satire; but you did such a good job that I actually thought I was replying to a “God, Guns, and Country” died-in-the-wool “Christian Patriot”. :grin:

          Apparently you’re Kurt’s father; so it’s no wonder he recognized the satire/teasing. Peace and kindness from the All-in-All be with you.

  • http://twitter.com/KingdomMatt Matt Young

    Nationalistic logic and theology is one of the primary means people use to ignore the teachings of Jesus. Coming from a soon to be ex-U.S. Soldier I’ve seen and lived this first hand. Most likely the most often overlooked sin within Christianity today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joyce.kuhlman.9 Joyce Kuhlman

    Personally – two thumbs down. But this may really fall into the eating meat offered to idols category……

  • Susan

    I suppose it depends on what you worship??? For prayer purposes I personally don’t like things that distract me from God; however, most sanctuaries I have been in have plenty of stuff, not pasted in flags, that distract, so………I wonder……how do we make our decisions regarding decor?


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