Christian fundamentalists love to quote verses from the Bible saying that God will bless a nation that follows his commands. Bryan Fischer is the latest to do so. In fact, he says that the single best way to be patriotic is to be a Christian and pray to him a lot because that will make him really nice to us.
Citing the passage from Leviticus in which God says that he will bless a nation “if you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands,” Fischer declared that if someone wants to be a patriotic American today, that means they must “worship the Lord your God and serve him only.”
“No counterfeit religions, no cults, no counterfeit versions of Christianity, no occultic Eastern religions,” Fischer proclaimed. “You shall worship the Lord your God and serve him only.”…
“So that’s the most patriotic thing you can do today, ladies and gentlemen,” he concluded, “is worship God and obey him. And when you do that, you will be making the biggest contribution you can make to the country you love.”
So how does this work, exactly? We have more than 200 million Christians in this country, about 70% of the population. Is that not enough? What’s the tipping point at which God decides not to be an asshole to us? Do all the non-Christians have to leave for him to stop being a douchebag?