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Chauvinistic idolatry

3 July 2010

I’ve always thought that ethnocentric chauvinism is far removed from Christian faith, and that when people utter such slogans as “Orthodoxy is Hellenism and Hellenism is Orthodoxy” they were treading on dangerous ground, verging on heresy, and getting close to apostasy.

But The Ochlophobist has found something that evokes the response that “all Christians should be tempted, to overturn the merchant’s tables right then and there”.

As I observed recently on my other blog, I have grave problems with images of the Sacred Heart, but for blasphemy and idolatry, nothing beats this:

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Darrell permalink
    3 July 2010 3:18 pm

    And it is sad that most people who use Christian theology to justify their political beliefs are nothing more than idol worshipers.

    Pray that in their journey to establishing a relationship with God, that God enlightens their belief systems so that they can respond according to God’s will for them. Amend.

  2. sol permalink
    5 July 2010 12:28 am

    Darrell,

    I see it the other way around. I think political beliefs must be justified by theology. What I have a problem with, and am frustrated with a lot of my fellow American friends, is the justifying of theology based on political beliefs.

    • 5 July 2010 3:51 am

      Other way round?

      I think you and Darrell are saying the same thing — you both seem to be saying that there is a problem when people derive their theology from their political beliefs, rather than giving their theology priority. So you seem to be seconding Darrell, and I third that. Though of course you need to have sound theology in the first place!

  3. Darrell permalink
    5 July 2010 2:35 am

    Sol:
    I totally agree with you, if society is to work its way out of the abyss that it is in, it is because they understand that God is in control and it is through his direction that workable solutions will materialize.

    Just in our lifetime I have seen so many opportunities for peaceful solutions be rejected in favor of violent solutions. The leaders who chose the violent solutions were people of faith and they “prayed often” before they made their final decision.

    I think we understand that our spiritual beliefs come alive through our relationship with Christ. But far too often people of faith uses spiritual beliefs to justify a decision, and they excluded God from the process. I call this idol worship.

  4. Catherine Jefferson permalink
    5 July 2010 9:21 pm

    Yeah.:/ I’m American, not particularly liberal or leftist, don’t object to the flag of my country and think bald eagles are beautiful birds, and *I* find that image offensive. (Try REALLY offensive.) Christianity transcends nationalism; it has since the first century when St. Paul wrote these magnificent words:

    “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
    — Galatians 3:27-29

    “…where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.”
    — Colossians 3:10-12

    Any attempt to tie the name of Christ to a purely human agenda, belief system, or organization is wrong. If the person doing it is Christian, IMHO they are betraying and denying Christ.

    • 7 July 2010 1:10 pm

      I have a flag on my car and we’re even flying one from the roof of our house (during the World Cup) and I don’t see any problem in people displaying their national symbols or waving their national flags. But the image subordinates the name of Jesus to the national symbol, and implies that salvation is through the USA as much as through Christ. It implies that we want a God who will be seen and not heard, and will do our bidding.

      At various times our political leaders have urders us to “Put South Africa first”, and I have always though, no, we should put God first. Seek first the Kingdom of God, not seek first the Republic of South Africa.

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