“‘When a nation is made a god it becomes a god’. It becomes the worship of the nation itself, and when this is absolutized it unleashes a mass devotion that is false, idolatrous and truly demonic.” OS Guinness, Impossible People – Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization.
As the current history of US and the world is changing its course I noted the following two brief reflections on my Facebook page.
We Have Offered a Strange Fire, Friday, January 20, 2017
What shall I say at the end of the day? Let’s put it this way. Some of you might know the feeling: you are watching the inauguration and listening to President’s speech, and this quiet voice within keeps on telling you that something is very wrong, despite the fact that the name of the Lord has been invoked multiple times.
This blend of nationalism, craving the greatness and power through physical strength, exclusivism that borders with superiority, and all of these mixed together with claims that “God is with us”; and with the fervent prayers and supplications to God to make America into “the shining city on a hill” – all of these are something that cannot have the approval of Heaven, regardless of all the prayers uttered today.
The Lord will not let us turn Him into a mascot of our private or national pride, ambitions and interests. He will not let us treat Him as if we owe Him. Today we witnessed a big act of worship, but I fear that we “offered strange, unacceptable fire before the Lord” Lev. 10:1.
No, my friends, these are not the words of someone bitter towards America. These are the words of someone who empathizes with a multitude of Americans who know that our God is not a tribal god, and that He has only one “nation” on this earth – his Church redeemed by the blood of Jesus; which is not geographically, ethnically or racially defined.
President Obama Deserves a Few Words of Appreciation, Thursday, January 19, 2017
Today is the President Barack Obama’s last full day as president of the US. Let me share a few thoughts at the conclusion of his presidency. Those thoughts are coming from someone who has been fighting hard not to be caught up in the paradigm of divisive political partisanship that has penetrated deep the soul of American society.
This is what I’ve observed. From the first day of the President Obama’s two terms in office he was continually, deliberately and systematically obstructed in everything he laid his hands on. His political opponents worked relentlessly to nullify, undermine or destroy all his efforts. His political enemies were determined to see President Obama fall and his presidency ruined. Assisted by many radio talk-show, TV and social media pundits they were creating the atmosphere of confusion, antagonism, hatred, even hysteria towards President Obama.
The most cynical thing was that the most vocal politicians and pundits who were endlessly productive in creating the climate of paranoia towards President Obama bragged about their “Christian” faith and values. They yelled that he was not an American citizen. They labeled him as “dictator”, “communist”, “Muslim”, “fascist”, “traitor”, “the Beast”, and “the Antichrist” from the book of Revelation, and much more.
I admire President Obama for the strength of his character and the courage that enabled him to receive all the blows with dignity and integrity. I do not know if any American president was mocked and humiliated as much as President Obama. There are some areas of his actions and policies, domestic and international, with which I do not agree. In fact, with some of them I disagree very strongly. Nevertheless, I believe President Obama was a good president and a leader of quality, and a very decent man.
It won’t be long before people will reflect on the days of the presidency of Barack Obama with nostalgia. Call me whatever you like, but I believe President Obama deserves a few words of appreciation.