Porter Memorial and the Powers that Be
Look at the pictures. All of them.
See the sanctuary bedecked with military regalia.
See the American flag covering the cross.
See Porter Memorial's own program for the recruiting drive.
Baptists historically have taken stands against this sort of horror.
I could talk to you about the idolatry that is so obvious in this cheap, easy patriotism. About how these people offer the Body of Christ to be raped by the State. But I won't bother. These are not churches. They are basilicas draped with the Imperial colors, dedicated to Mars, the god of war.
So go on, you adulterers. Sell out your baptism and deny the Maker of heaven and earth.
We're reading Bonhoeffer this semester: The Cost of Discipleship. Christ bids us to come and die, not wrap ourselves in the rhetoric and protections of the State. The German church (so-called) stood by while the German State claimed divine sanction to grind people up in its gears. The churches gave their blessing.
You give the State carte blanche, merrily treading on the blood of Christ and his martyrs.
Whether American flags or Nazi swastikas, it makes no difference to you people, does it?
Continue in this and be damned.
These people make their first allegiance to the god of the United States. Not the God of the cross. Not Jesus Christ.
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