You Cannot Serve Two Masters

“No matter what happens down there, I can’t bring none of that shit back home with us. Can’t let it happen. And I’ll do whatever I have to to see that it doesn’t.”
~Captain Janek, Prometheus (2012)

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When I think of how, like a virus, love for one’s country has infected Christianity in America, I am reminded of Captain Janek’s words.

This post is not me criticizing Movieguide. I try not to do that anymore. This post is me criticizing an aspect of Christianity in America that Movieguide and Thimblerig’s Ark reminded me of recently. And that aspect is:

The tendency to combine faith and patriotism.

For example:

“No one can serve two masters.”
~Matthew 6:24

I don’t want to see America crash and burn.

But: My love for my country only goes so far.

If I had to choose between saving one soul from Hell or upholding American values, than I would choose to save a person’s soul.

Why?

Because: Eventually, America will pass away. Eventually, all the stars will snuff out, and the universe will be nothing more than a void filled with black holes. America will be crushed to atoms and sucked into oblivion. But the human soul, either in eternal bliss or eternal suffering, will endure.

Wow. That got bleak…

To counter the bleakness, here are kittens:

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Thank you for reading.

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5 thoughts on “You Cannot Serve Two Masters

  1. Honestly, don’t worry about the bleakness. My blog is all dark today. It happens. I like to think that life is a spectrum like that where you go from light to dark and in between. I do know that some people combine their faith with their patriotism and it always irked me somehow. I mean they’re just two completely different things. But that’s their choice. You have an interesting take on it too 🙂

    1. “You have an interesting take on it too”

      Thanks. 🙂 I’m glad you like what I wrote.

      “…that’s their choice.”

      You’re right.

      “I like to think that life is a spectrum like that where you go from light to dark and in between.”

      I agree: Life is a spectrum.

  2. America’s Sacred Roots

    By Dr. Tom Snyder

    Our civilization in the United States of America is based on a set of basic principles, ideas and institutions. These principles, ideas and institutions gave form, unity and continuity to the fabric of American society. Americans and their leaders have not always lived up to these principles, ideas and institutions, but that fact does not invalidate the truth, goodness and beauty of these sacred foundations.

    Regrettably, many people have tried to erode these sacred principles, ideas and institutions. In doing so, they have ripped apart the fabric that holds the United States together. Please help mend that fabric and restore these principles, ideas and institutions, which are outlined briefly below:

    1. A Christian Culture based on European, English, Irish, Scottish, Jewish, and Biblical historical roots. This Biblical Culture is the guiding, unifying spirit of the American Republic.

    2. A common language, English, with a rich literary history.

    3. A common body of philosophical and metaphysical beliefs, such as:

    a) God purposefully created the world, including human beings;

    b) The world contains universal, objective knowledge and truth;

    c) Human beings can discover this objective knowledge and truth by using sound reason and logic and by examining factual evidence, including Biblical Truth;

    d) All cultures should be subservient to this objective knowledge and truth;

    e) Truth transcends race, sex and socio-economic class, as well as culture;

    f) The Bible judges right and wrong because it is a historical, verifiable revelation from God, who is truthful, good and just; and

    g) Individual rights take precedence over group rights, but the local community may take precedence over both unless that community violates God’s biblical rules for human behavior and liberty.

    4. A common body of moral habits, social conventions, traditions, and customs based on Jewish and Christian ideas developed from the Bible, which was written mostly by Jews and Jewish Christians inspired by the Holy Spirit of God.

    5. A common practice of limited, representative government that derives its legitimate sovereignty first from God through the Bible and then from the consent of the people, governed as equally as possible by the rule of law in society based on the Bible. God requires the people to obey the government and its officials only if they don’t force the people to do evil acts, such as commit murder, or force the people to neglect doing good, such as save the life of an unborn child by blocking an abortion clinic. God requires the government and its officials, however, to serve the people and to be ministers of His moral laws found in the Bible (see Romans 13).

    6. A common system of law based on Christian and biblical principles and moral absolutes. Those principles and moral absolutes include giving people unlimited freedom to hold any religious beliefs they choose, but they don’t include giving people unlimited freedom to perform any action they wish to do.

    7. A belief in a rigorous private education, with strong training in logical thinking, philosophy, empirical truth, history, and biblical languages.

    ###

    Historical Sources

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    1. What is your point, Tom Synder?

      Nothing in your article is, in any way, a refutation of what I have written here in this post.

      It is a reality of life that, one day, planet Earth and, with it, America, will be no more — destroyed by entropy, like everything else in the universe. Nothing you say in this article of yours refutes that fact.

      So, as a Catholic, I ultimately put my faith in that which transcends the universe: The human soul.

      Specifically: I put my faith in the hope that, through the grace of God, one day a person’s soul will exist in eternal bliss in Heaven, not suffer eternally in Hell.

      You can keep your hope in America, Tom.

      I’m putting my hope in God.

      God seems like the safer bet.

    2. “Our civilization in the United States of America is based on a set of basic principles, ideas and institutions. … …Biblical Culture is the guiding, unifying spirit of the American Republic.”

      The exact number is up for debate, but it is commonly accepted that a number of the founders were deists.

      One of the Founding Fathers was a Catholic. And, as I have heard from Protestant circles: Catholicism is not Biblical.

      My point being: The founders did believe in a god. But: Their belief was not a unanimous belief in “the God of the Bible” since 1) a number of the founders were not Christian, and 2) Catholicism ultimately, apparently, has no biblical basis.

      So, is it right to say that the Bible is the “…guiding, unifying spirit of the American Republic”?

      Based on the diversity of the Founding Fathers’ beliefs, I would say “No.”

      “A common language, English.”

      The claim that one of the “basic principles, ideas and institutions” of America is the English language, is false.

      English is the most common language spoken by America’s citizens.

      But: America has no “Official Language.”

      “A common body of philosophical and metaphysical beliefs… … Human beings can discover this objective knowledge and truth by using sound reason and logic and by examining factual evidence, including Biblical Truth… … The Bible judges right and wrong because it is a historical, verifiable revelation from God, who is truthful, good and just…”

      America is a place of diverse philosophical and metaphysical beliefs.

      It was for the freedom to practice whatever they believed that drove many people to come to America.

      And, as is proven by the diverse beliefs held by the Founding Fathers, America isn’t built solely on Biblical truth, but a variety of worldviews such as deism.

      “Individual rights take precedence over group rights, but the local community may take precedence over both unless that community violates God’s biblical rules for human behavior and liberty. … A common body of moral habits, social conventions, traditions, and customs based on Jewish and Christian ideas developed from the Bible, which was written mostly by Jews and Jewish Christians inspired by the Holy Spirit of God.”

      So, if America’s laws ultimately come from the Bible, what is an American citizen to make of a Biblical law like the one found in Deuteronomy 25:11 — 12?

      My point being: If one is just going to pick and choose which laws of the Bible to follow, and not follow them all for the sake of being consistent, than can it really be said that our country’s foundation is the Bible since there are aspects of the Bible — like Deuteronomy 25:11 — 12 — that politicians avoid like the plague, never trying to make such a Biblical law a law of America, too?

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