"Then watch me choose Jesus..."
Again and again, I trust that the flock under my care gives their eyes and attention to Doug Wilson. For Christians in America, reading Doug is part of the hard work needed that will yield the Christian's ability to discern between good and evil.
Today he teaches us how the Apple Pie/Motherhood/Stars and Stripes patriotism of the past has had "Hate is not a family value" patched into its fabric, and thus has turned to hatred of Christians who refuse to bow their knee to sodomy.
Faithful Christians, that is—not the quivering silent and saltless ones. Doug writes:
Force me to choose between Jesus and America, and then watch me choose Jesus.
The problem with the spirituality of the church men today is that no one is able to watch them choose Jesus. In fact, within many Reformed circles it is now a principle that the man out there in public visibly choosing Jesus has failed to think properly about, and appreciate sufficiently, that American value commonly referred to as "separation of church... and public witness." Er, I meant "separation of church and state," didn't I?
Anyhow, read Doug's wise piece and guard your Christian witness. The day is evil and many ashamed of the Gospel are falling silent.
And if anyone still is wondering why I oppose the R2K aberration so explicitly and forcefully, read this excerpt from Doug's post and realize that many of the enemies of Christian witness are within the Church. It's always been that way.
This is why pastors have a particular and pressing duty here. If this despotic modern state is the idol of our age — and it is — then pastors have a pressing duty to prepare their parishioners to resist it. We have a duty to prepare our people to refuse to bow down when they hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer (Dan. 3:5). Those instruments seem odd to us today, and so does Nebuchadnezzar’s statue, but you may depend upon it — at the time, bowing down to that statue to that music at that time was about as mainstream as you could possibly get, and the only people left standing were the extremists and weirdos.