Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Faux Christians and Faux Patriots...

...Many of them are the same. This post is libel to upset a few of my readers. But, they need to be upset. Sometimes it takes a two-by-four to the brain to get it to work properly.

Christians are in a dilemma They can't forsake their Lord and Savior to worship the state and expect to get to heaven. After all, Jesus is an Anarchist. Jesus mixed it up with and mostly ignored the state, and its mandates for all of his life. Eventually being killed by that state for nothing more than preaching peace and worship of the Lord. You see the state doesn't like competition for worship. Yet today's Christians either have forgotten why their ancestors came to this country and some of the basis for this country's origins or are so poorly educated as to not have known to begin with. Many were fleeing religious tyranny. And the Constitution included protections for any method of worship, as long as it did not infringe on the inalienable rights of others. Pretty simple. Yet, modern Christians are so disorganized on the Word, that there are several dozen variations of Christian churches, each with its own specific twist on the Word. Some of these Christians are like Judas and betray the Lord for money. These you find in the churches that protect their tax-exempt status by refusing to compare the Bible's teachings to the those of the state. Such things are against state doctrine and not allowed. These Christians worship the state more than they do the Lord.

Then there are the ones like Peter, who thrice denied Christ. They will go to church and worship with the congregation. They sing hymns and go to Bible study. Yet in their day to day life they act counter to the teachings of the Bible. They deny the Lord more than thrice a day. Notice I said the Bible and not the "church". The Bible is the Word, not the interpretations of some manipulator who can be shown to favor the state over his Lord. This is an important distinction. "You shall know them by their actions..." Our president falls into this latter category. He not only rejects the laws of God, he rejects the laws of man that he agreed to when he took his oath of office. Why today's Christians aren't demanding his impeachment I cannot explain. Except that they worship him over God. Go figure...

Now onto Faux Patriots. When I was a Boy Scout, more than three decades ago, we learned about respect for the flag. We learned how it was to be presented, in public, at different ceremonies, how to properly fly and lower it, how to honor the dead with it, how to take it down at dusk, how to fold it properly. Proper flag etiquette is actually codified in the US statutes. Technically, this makes violations of the code a crime. Fortunately for most 'Faux Patriots', these laws are ignored to enforce laws that infringe on basic rights and freedoms of Americans. Right after 9-11, there was a flurry of faux patriotism. People bought flags to adorn their cars. They flew flags at their home, at work and on their desk. They put flag bumper stickers on their cars. They wore flag apparel, coats, vests, bikinis and flag pins. They gave those things as gifts. And not a one of them could tell you how disrespectful to the flag it was. Now I have put my flags away, because of the demise of America. I no longer stand or say 'the pledge'. About the only flag I fly anymore is a Gadsen or a Culpepper, or sometimes the 1st Navy Jack or a Confederate Battle Flag (the south is gonna rise again, ya know...). And if the statists manage to get an anti-flag burning amendment through, I will be burning one of mine in defiance to state authoritarianism and first amendment violations. You see, true patriotism is not worshiping your government, but protecting your country from your government.

Consider...

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. (1918) -- Theodore Roosevelt

When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart. (Journals, 1824) -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let me label you as they may. -- Mark Twain

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair. -- H.L. Mencken

Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. -- Herman Goering


I come to this post after receiving a Christmas gift (a flag in the guise of a fleece blanket or throw) and reading a rant by Mike Rogers over at LewRockwell.com. I found it interesting, in that a few years before 9-11 I went in search of a Flag pin that had 50 stars. They're harder to find than you think. But find one, I did (really, Mike!!). Mike's article also brought to mind all the flags I collected that had fallen off of cars in the months after 9-11. Many of them were being run over by other vehicle with flags similarly displayed. You know the ones, hung on a plastic staff that clipped to a rolled up window on your vehicle. One reason this is an improper way to fly the flag is the unreliable mounting method. Per US Code:

Title 4, Chapter 1, Sec 175(b) The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or a boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.

Yet these Americans will claim all manner of partiotic intentions to explain their 'faux pas'. Heehehe...they crack me up.

Americans have come to rationalize any manner of betrayal, be it to their God or their country.

Some of my favorite Christians, who defy the state and show their patriotism, are, Gene Chapman, who takes the battle to federal and state government buildings, in an attempt to get the Faux Christians working there to see the error of their ways; Fred Smart, who goes to the grassroots of his area and sets up meetings and discussions of how to overcome the state and its interference in Constituional law and religeous freedom and who has a numerical understanding of the Word that borders on genius; and Vox Day, whose articles are published on WorldNetDaily and whose blog is read from around the world...Voxie has Moxie!!!

Go and read. Follow their links to other like minded true Christians and Patriots. Learn and turn away from the state that would feed you to the lions for the sake of its bread an circuses...


In 1794, when Congress appropriated $15,000 for relief of French refugees who fled from insurrection in San Domingo to Baltimore and Philadelphia, James Madison stood on the floor of the House to object saying, "I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."
-- James Madison, 4 Annals of congress 179 (1794)

6 Comments:

Blogger Morrigan said...

Great post!
I agree wholeheartedly!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 10:23:00 AM  
Blogger eaglewood said...

David,
Very interesting point, yet I will have to disagree with you on Christ being an anarchist. While it is true that He did by in large either ignore or even outright ridicule the religious leaders at that time he never stated that the law should not be followed. His beef with the religious leaders of the day was that they had perverted the law to such a point that it was almost unrecognizable from what was given to Moses. G_d created the Law to give order and peace to the Hebrew nation it was also a guide as to what would be required of Him in the future. Jesus even made a point to say that He had not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. He had utmost respect for the law as He wrote it; he had no respect for the leaders who had perverted that Law. He also showed respect for the current political leaders of that time.
Oppose that to your modern day anarchist who has no respect for any law or any semblance of order. “Do as you will and let no man stand in your way” is the code that they live by and that is diametrically opposed to what the Word says. As Christians we are to surrender our lives to Christ, take up our cross and die unto ourselves. How does this align with the common anarchist view that the only thing that is important is yourself and nobody else?

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 7:33:00 PM  
Blogger David said...

Hi Eaglewood and thanks for stopping by.

I think it is important to differentiate between God's Law and the laws of man. Of Course, Jesus and God support God's Law, as handed down to Moses and others. But God did not want man's laws to pervert His law. Since adherence to God's Law is up to each individual, the state has no business in interfering with The Law. Yet today, the state regulates what may be discussed in church. Now religion and politics make poor party discussions, but they both affect life. The state is a creation of man and when christians let the state dictate how a chuch may compare man's law to God's Law, they are betraying their faith and their Lord.

I don't agree that Jesus is not an Anarchist, but I appreciate your comments.

* To seek rule by man is to reject the rule of God (1 Samuel 8).
* Honest people are too busy making an honest living to accept political power, so only the corruptible will accept political power (The Parable of the Trees Judges 9:7-15).
* The devil controls man-made governments (Matthew 4:8-10).
* The gentiles have rulers over them, but it shall not be so among Christians (Mark 10:42-45). (Notice that the word for rulers here in the Greek version is archos. Therefore some say Christians are by simple deduction an-archos or in English anarchists).

Thursday, January 05, 2006 7:09:00 AM  
Blogger David said...

I guess I should answer your question ;) .

"As Christians we are to surrender our lives to Christ, take up our cross and die unto ourselves. How does this align with the common anarchist view that the only thing that is important is yourself and nobody else?"

First, just so you understand where I am coming from, I was raised in a Christian family, as a Christian, though I was dragged through several different churches, each with its own take on the Bible. I am currently agnostic, as I don't beleive I can understand the will of God. If God wants me to understand he knows I am looking and where to find me.

Anarchy is not "Do as you will and let no man stand in your way." Anarchist have a deep respect for individual rights. As such they respect the rights of others. Christian Anarchists also have a deep respect for God's Law and in fact hold it as the highest authority in their lives. Anarchy is simply the absence of the state. It is NOT chaos or perpetual war (the state does that). It is entirely in keeping with God's Law, as His Law is the only thing left for a Christian to follow. I think it represents the purist form of Christianity, as long as religous leaders don't pervert it for power. But that is up to the congregations to prohibit.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Thursday, January 05, 2006 7:20:00 AM  
Blogger eaglewood said...

Dave,
I think I understand your position. While it would be interesting to go toe to toe and scripture for scripture with you it would be futile. I only say that because I have found that people of whatever stripe tend to find support for their political bent in the scriptures, you just have to look in the right places and see what you want to see.

While I do believe there are anarchists out there who just want to be left alone and respect G_d’s law, I have found that the majority are of the variety I described and are the ones that most people associate with the term. You know them as the youth underculture that has been there for decades but seems to grow with each generation. I myself am libertarian in my views so I do have some sympathy for the peaceful anarchist I just do not meet very many.

You describing yourself as an agnostic does tell me a lot about you, and as someone who does know what His will for my life is, I hope that one day He will reveal that to you. I have enjoyed your blog each time I have been here and will continue to come by from time to time.

BTW I hope you have recovered well for your hurricane “adventures”.

Thursday, January 05, 2006 11:49:00 AM  
Blogger El Borak said...

Great post and great blog! It definately earns a link!

Saturday, January 07, 2006 1:07:00 AM  

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