Please don’t misunderstand me. I am a thankful citizen of this country. I’m thankful for my liberties. I vote. I pay my taxes. I know the capital of Nebraska. I even like Garth Brooks.
And I’m also a pastor. I love the Scriptures. I love reading it, teaching it, and am often clarified, inspired, humbled, and perplexed by it. But this Bible freaks me out – even while I believe it’s important to pursue the values of Scripture in our society. What are we talking about here: Kingdom or Empire?
But enough of me, I’ve had enough angry emails for the week. Sometimes, the best blog post is letting people share their views:
Watch it. Discuss. What do you think?
and if thats not enough, here’s the 9 minute promo version:
Excerpt from the videos:
- “For the first time ever, the history of America’s Christian heritage and the Holy Bible are woven together in a single volume.”
- “Its pages contain an accurate archive of America’s strong ties to the Holy Bible and the God of the Bible. It highlights people and events which demonstrate the godly qualities that make America what it is today…. It is the one Bible that shows how a light from above shaped our nation.”
- “If you love America and the Scriptures, you will treasure The American Patriot’s Bible.”
Author, pastor and teacher Dr. Richard Lee and Thomas Nelson Publishing have assembled the original, one-of-a-kind “American Patriot’s Bible.” This bible contains every word of the Holy Scriptures in the New King James version and also includes hundreds of articles, illustrations and stories about America’s rich Christian heritage and the bible’s impact on its culture, lifestyles, laws and morals. This bible is availalbe May 2009 wherever bibles are sold.
Update: So, apparently, Greg Boyd, wrote a not so positive review of the Patriot’s Bible:
Have you ever seen the Saturday Night Live skit entitled “Really? With Seth and Amy”? Sometimes it’s pretty funny. I was thinking that perhaps the best way to get through my critique of The American Patriot’s Bible (henceforth Patriot’s Bible) would be to give a “Really?” type report on it.
I want to preface my “report” by saying I am certain the commentators behind thePatriot’s Bible are well intentioned, godly scholars who believe they’re doing the Kingdom (and America) a great service. Despite their noble intentions, however, I believe this Bible is, frankly, idolatrous, dangerous and profoundly damaging to the Kingdom. I feel compelled to denounce it in the strongest possible way I can. The sarcasm that follows is intended for this purpose only.
Here’s some “really?” reflections, in no particular order.
* The Lord’s statement that Moses “is faithful in all My houses” (Num. 12:7) calls for a boxed quote from Grover Cleveland about how the teachings of Christ “results in the purest patriotism…”
Really? Oddly enough, Christians for the first three centuries of the church were persecuted for being unpatriotic. They wouldn’t pledge allegiance to the emperor or fight to defend the empire. Now Jesus becomes the champion of patriotism. Really? Does this hold true for Russians, North Koreans and Iranians, or just Americans? And how on earth did we leap from a verse about God’s “houses” to the topic of patriotism in the first place? Really?
* In 2 Corinthians 10:5 Paul notes that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but are spiritual and mighty in God for the tearing down of strongholds. This inspires thePatriot’s Bible commentators to provide the reader with a historical note about Eisenhower signing into law the clause “one Nation under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance. Eisenhower is quoted as saying this clause would help “strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our countries most powerful resource in peace and war.”
Really? Do you really think Paul – who taught us to give our enemies food and water and to never retaliate (Rom. 12:14-21) – would approve of having his authority borrowed to buttress up America’s resources in war? Really? Doesn’t this verse explicitly say he’s not talking about earthly wars and that our weapons are not carnal? Oh, and by the way, the Patriot’s Bible leaves out “not carnal” in their commentary’s quote of this verse. Really?
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