With all the talk, pressure, and propaganda flying around these days on the subject of what it means to properly love or respect America, this seems like a good time to consider the question: How can we tell when someone truly loves America? And how can we know when someone, regardless of what they say or sing, actually hates America?
Our starting point in answering these sorts of questions is critical.
If we start with America as defined by Americans, emotions, traditions, or the American State, then we’re building on quicksand and will not construct anything that can stand for long in God’s creation. (See: our current culture. For more on this, please read Presuppositional Law: Where we begin with law determines where we end.)
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Only when we begin with God’s Nature as revealed in His Word are we able to properly answer these important questions and in a manner that will allow us to lead our culture out of its present darkness and into the life-giving light of Truth.
So we must begin with God.
This is important.
With our starting point rightly set, we’re able to quickly find many detailed reference points as to what true love for America and Americans will actually look like.
True love for America and Americans will center on the Gospel-fueled Great Commission (see: Matthew 28:18-20).
True love for America and Americans will inspire a loving call to repentance and submission to Christ as King in detail and in every area of life. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
True love for America and Americans will confront rather than enable idolatry, even (and especially when) when the preferred idols of the moment sing American songs, wave American flags, and dress like Uncle Sam. True love compels us to warn of the darkness and ultimate death that flows from such things. (Psalm 2)
True love for America does not hold out pride in America as the hope for America.
True love for America holds high repentance and submission to Christ as King as the only real hope for America.
So it’s not a true love for America or Americans that inspires many to avoid repentance and submission to Christ as King in detail. It is hatred that does this.
First, a hatred for Christ in practice by refusing to actually submit to Him as Lord in detail. Secondly, there is a hatred for America and Americans on display. By steering people and culture away from repentance, submission to Christ, and the restoration that can only come on the other side of that submission, those who claim to love America by means contrary to God’s Gospel-fueled Great Commission reveal their actual disdain for the very things that they claim (and may even believe themselves) to love.
By clinging to pride and rejecting repentance, they bring only darkness and death to everything they say they care about.
Idolatry kills everything it touches.
Including the idolaters who promote it.
Only Jesus saves, and not just in some vague, fluffy, future big picture sense, but in every detail of life right here and now.
America needs to repent.
Americans need to repent of their idolatry.
Right now…while there is yet time.
If we truly love America and we love Americans, we will make this plain.
If we truly seek life, liberty, and every other good gift from God for America and Americans, we will point clearly and unapologetically toward Him as the one and only path to those things, even as a million America haters (who often pretend to be America lovers) pitch American pride and American tradition as the gold standards for goodness.
In this context, please carefully consider the following questions:
Do you truly love America by placing Christ as King above her?
Or do you hate America by refusing to do so?
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