24 November 2011

The Federal Government's Day of Thanks... to the Unknown God

It sure isn't the God of the Bible. Maybe it's the giant idol in New York harbour? Actually it's pretty clear what America worships.....food, football, and consuming for the sake of consumption...in others words America's 'god' is not the Father of Jesus Christ. It's America itself. America has a knack for taking things that aren't necessarily intrinsically evil and making them into something heinous and perverse.


Beware of those who confuse this god with the God of Scripture.


I didn't have time to write my Thanksgiving 2011 post. Maybe next year. So for now I'll just post the link to last year's article.


As for me....it's just another Thursday. I'll be working outside. Thankfully, the weather is supposed to be a bit warmer tomorrow.


http://proto-protestantism.blogspot.com/2010/11/thanksgiving-day-2010.html

5 comments:

Adam said...

A few days ago I happened upon this blog practically by chance and I can't get enough of it. Your posts clearly demonstrate that you've studied the issues you discuss carefully and retained a commitment to the historic Christian faith despite the protestations of your opponents to the contrary.

In some of your older posts you implied that you've been verbally and physically(?) threatened by others because of what you've said (I may have misunderstood you on this point so correct me if I'm wrong). I'm sorry to hear about that. I'm glad it hasn't deterred you from maitaining this website.

Keep up the good work. I'm looking forward to future posts.

Protoprotestant said...

Adam,

Well that's certainly an encouragement! Thanks.

I haven't been threatened directly, but in the past I've had some...disagreements with people in influential positions within the Church.

When I didn't go along with what they wanted they tried to make trouble for me by making phone calls...trying to get me removed from a school, things like that.

With some of the Theonomic crowd, they have been known to get nasty. I can see some of them calling a city office and trying to cause me trouble for my business, or even calling a county office to report my kids being abused. While it seems unthinkable....it's not unheard of.

They absolutely loathe people who try to challenge them with Biblical, theological, and historical arguments. It's almost better if you're just some unbeliever.

I'll grant for their standpoint...I'm a heretic infiltrating the Church. Of course...I would say the same about them, but I hope I would never adopt their attitude. They often win by bullying-type tactics.

I look forward to your comments. Feel free to add anything and especially if you think I've made an error.

Peace.

Adam said...

I'm reminded of Eric Hoffer as I read about your experiences interacting with these people. His philosophical works on mass movements stated that the fanaticism and self-righteousness of the "true believer" was rooted in his own self-hatred and insecurity and that his obsession with the outside world (and trying to "fix" it according to what you've termed a "monistic" worldview) is ultimately an attempt to compensate for the resultant sense of meaninglessness in his own life.

First, would you say that theonomy/dominionism/reconstructionism constitutes the kind of mass movement Hoffer had in mind?

Secondly, would you say that those involved with these movements - especially the leaders thereof - generally exhibit these aformentioned character flaws?

Protoprotestant said...

That’s interesting. I hadn’t thought about it in those terms before.
On the one hand…..yes.
There’s no doubt this great Dominionist movement, in whatever particular form or nuance it takes, captivates people. It does make you feel like you’re part of a mass movement…defined objective and observable goals, a defined enemy. There’s a real comfort in that.
I’ve mentioned at least a couple of times feel that urge when you walk into St. Peter’s in Rome. It’s so overpowering. Your flesh says…this is awesome. It would be incredible to be part of all this, participating in it. There’s no doubt that kind of group-think, mass movement type energy is potent.
On the other hand…no.
And this doesn’t invalidate the comparison, it’s just a twist. Hoffer (and I am by no means an expert) suggests that the disenfranchised, the people who are down and out…they’re the ones drawn toward the mass movement. Right?
It’s the people on the street, the common but downtrodden folks who can get sucked into Communism, Nazism, whatever.
In this case it’s very much a bourgeoisie movement. It’s the lower echelon of the establishment, or the backbone of it, depending on one’s point of view. I’m not sure how that would resonate with the Hoffer idea.
I guess it’s all in the framing narrative.
It’s almost like….Civil Rights, Progressive movements, the Left, they’re trying to change America or on the other hand you could say…make America fulfill its potential, become what it was meant to be.
On the Right, with Social Conservatism you’re trying to preserve what was, or in some cases paint a rosy picture of what was. With some versions of the Christian Right it’s we have to get back to the rosy past, and then for some it’s SO THAT we can then become what we’re supposed to be….the Christian Utopia or whatever.

Protoprotestant said...

They’re not all that different…not really. Either way for the Christian, getting caught up in all that means you’re forgetting that you’re an exile in Babylon.
Of course Hoffer might say I’m just the reaction to them…sort of the antithesis to their thesis perhaps?
Except…I don’t see how what I’m saying could lead to any kind of mass counter-movement. Does that make sense? Am I missing something? Could what I’m espousing simply be the mass-movement answer to their mass-movement?
I see the core issue (and it so often is the case) being power. I hope I’m making it clear…that’s what I’m trying to eschew and encourage all other Christians to do likewise.
Great question and observation! Thank you.