I need to start this review by saying I love being an American. Toby Keith is better than the Dixie Chicks, I think Apple Pie is delicious, and I vote in the major elections. I take showers, I have short hair, don’t protest wars, work a job, and pay taxes. In fact, I am listening to Johnny Cash’s “American Recordings” as I write this review. This being said, God’s Promises for the American Patriot does not sit well with me.
For those of you who do not know, God’s Promises for the American Patriot is a gift book that has a story from America’s history on the left page and Bible verses ripped from their context on the right. But I don’t want to be completely cynical, because I want to keep getting free books from Thomas Nelson, so let me say some good things about this book.
First, the historical content is actually quite interesting. I did not know about the faith of Henry Heinz (the ketchup guy) or Longfellow’s poems against slavery. Second, the fact that the author’s surname is “Countryman” is entertainingly ironic. Third, structurally and aesthetically this book is fantastic.
But here’s my big problem with God’s Promises for the American Patriot, Lee and Countryman (I giggle every time I write that) constantly equate Israel with America. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but America is not God’s chosen people. I know, I’m a communist now, but America is not a Christian nation. Sure, some of our founding fathers were Christians, and Ben Franklin is often confused with the Bible (God helps those who help themselves?), but we are in no way God’s chosen nation. Israel was rescued by God to follow Him alone and show the world what it looked like to submit to God all aspects in order to show the inferiority of trusting one’s own self as his authority. This is why they had laws covering everything from what to eat, how to worship, family relations, to where you are allowed to defecate. God rescued the nation and made a covenant with the nation. That nation is Israel, not America.
What’s this mean for us? It means that when you quote Deuteronomy saying that God will fight your enemies (17), Zechariah saying the cursed nation will be blessed (89), or Micah saying God will end all fighting against nations(137), it does not directly apply to America - it applies to God protecting His name by protecting Israel.
Also, Ben Franklin (166) was a deist, as was Thomas Jefferson (134) - who cut all the miracles out of His Bible because he didn’t believe they could happen. It’s funny that his section talks about the miracles of Jesus…
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