God does not love America

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God does not love America.

If that offends you, you have a problem.

God does not love Israel.

Israel as a nation is a construct of the Truman Administration and some legal wrangling within the United Nations.

I know we have been taught — truly indoctrinated — to think otherwise. I get it. It’s a hard truth to realize that as a nation God is no more devoted to us than he is to Afghanistan or Iraq, Iran or North Korea.  It’s like learning that your mama loves your brother as much as she loves you. It’s disappointing to not be the favorite.

But when it comes to nation-building, God does not play favorites.

I understand how we got to this place — the place where we believe that we are God’s BFF.

We packed up our wooden trunks, left Granny and the chickens behind, because it was obvious to us, if not to our neighbors, that Europe was morally and religiously corrupt. We were going to be a better people than they were. We were going to go all out for God. We were going to worship him in a way that was denied us in Europe. We were going to create the pure society. We’d teach the world what being sold out to God really looked like. Oh. Yeah, we’d teach the world to sing, too.

So across the seas we came, puking and dying along the way. That’s how we roll. Us Americans. We’ll die for anything. It’s the living for something we struggle with.

We came with the intent of establishing the first true faith-based community of like-minded believers. No matter that in our pursuit of being God’s BFF, we had to slaughter folks and steal territory. For you, God, anything.

But, shocking as it may seem now, establishing a pure society is hard to do when you’re working with people. Especially people who aren’t all that like-minded. It was an awful choice to make but in our blinded pursuit of being God’s BFF, we were willing to hang our own, unless they conformed.

That’s the toll exacted of a nation-building people. We have to be willing to turn on our own if we ever want to prove our worthiness as God’s BFF.

But the thing we keep missing, over and over and over again, is that God never asked us to prove our worthiness to him.

He sent Jesus for that purpose.

God is not into nation-building.

God does not love America.

In fact, scriptures are replete with story after story of man being asked repeatedly to pledge allegiance to someone other than God and those who were considered God’s BFF were the ones who resolutely refused to.

God is a jealous God. We know that.

If our allegiance to a personality or to the message of another flawed human being is such that we take offense at any criticism of that personality or that message , then, Huston, we got a problem.

God said: You shall not have any gods before me. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind.

God does not love America.

He loves the people of America. The people of Iraq, Iran, North Korea, South Korea, China, all of Europe and South America. Every unknown tribe of every unknown nation. God loves them all. “For God so loved the WORLD, that he gave his only begotten son, so that whosoever believes in him will not perish but will have everlasting life.”

It’s not about us.

We are not God’s BFF, folks.

God does not love America.

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13 Comments

Darian Burns

about 4 months ago

Love it. Truth. I was raised being told that God loved the Atlanta Braves. Is that true?

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Karen Spears Zacharias

about 4 months ago

That is the Gospel Truth. God is a Braves fan. :)

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Virginia Dixon

about 4 months ago

THANKS FOR SHARING.

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Karen Spears Zacharias

about 4 months ago

You are welcome friend.

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Rachel

about 4 months ago

Just as the Mennonites or the Baptists are not the only ones going to heaven :) Good reminder! Thanks!

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Karen Spears Zacharias

about 4 months ago

You mean those loosey-goosey Methodists are going to be in heaven, too?

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Larry Wilson

about 4 months ago

I like how He showed his love for Sodom and Gomorrah.

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Karen Spears Zacharias

about 4 months ago

Are there implications in that statement for us, Larry?

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Suzanne Deal-Fitzgerald

about 4 months ago

That is beautiful. I think I recall another fine person, Charles Barkley saying that God doesn't have a favorite Basketball team, and it was silly to sit around in the locker room and pray to beat an opposing team. I don't know about Baseball though.

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Karen Spears Zacharias

about 4 months ago

Perhaps God does have favorite teams. Most of us do. But the point is that he doesn't intervene in the outcomes of those games. He doesn't gift one team with supernatural powers while robbing the other team. God is a God of Justice, first and foremost. We can put our trust in that.

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Andy willingham

about 4 months ago

I didn't think I would like this at first but I was wrong. Good article Karen. Sorry I doubted you. As to God loving the Braves..... I love the Braves but in the 70s and 80s I don't think God cared too much for them.

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Karen Spears Zacharias

about 4 months ago

It is perfectly okay to doubt me, Andy. What is not okay is to give up on me. :)

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