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"God Forgive America"

 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:25 pm    Post subject: "God Forgive America" Reply with quote

Sounds shocking, doesn't it?



Another simple liberal slogan from the blame-America-first crowd?



I think not. Think about it. I bet Christians can understand it.
In prayer, we can ask God to bless us individually, or our family,
or our nation's leaders. It is not necessarily because we've been
so good so as to deserve God's blessing. It is necessarily a gift
that God can choose to bestow or not, whether the recipient
"deserves" it or not.

And individually, Christianity teaches us that "all have fallen short"
and we are all sinners, in need of forgiveness. Real Christians,
I claim, are humble, and recognize the need for forgiveness, and
their prayers reflect this.

Why shouldn't our prayers for our country show this side as well?
I think "God bless America" is used as often as not, to signify that
God should bless us because of all the good things we've done as
a country. If not, then as I mentioned above, as asking for a gift,
even though we don't necessarily deserve it.

Is it so hard to recognize that our country, like all of us individually,
has "fallen short", and that we need to ask for forgiveness for it?
Can a nation of sinners not be itself a sinner, and in need of God's
most precious gift?

Why is it that I predict that many would react with rage if they saw
this slogan on a bumper sticker?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think you understand the call for blessing.

We ask for a blessing because we want protection from harm; we ask for God's umbrella to shield us or to give us health or well being.

That comes from humility of feeling the "need" for a blessing - that we are not capable as Men of going it alone.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I think you've got that right, for a good portion
people who might say or think "God bless America".

Asking for forgiveness and asking for protection seem
to me to be equally central to the practice of Christianity.

So why is the one so common, and the other so shocking?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So why is the one so common, and the other so shocking?


Asking for a blessing, means, God, stamp the "ok" on what we're about to do and BTW, we might be idiots.

Forgive implies that we did something wrong --- and Americans never admit doing any thing wrong.
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