A thought just occurred to me and I thought that I might share it with you.
Believe it or not, digital media, television, movies and even the news channels have a way of telling us what we should think and feel about certain things, places or persons without us realizing that is what they are doing. They quietly do this to us through visual and word cues that strike our emotional chords and they play us like an instrument.
Many of us are unaware that we are being brainwashed to accept things without examining them against the Word of God or being led by the Holy Spirit of Christ. If it is on television, internet, cable or in the news, then it must be true; it must right; it must be alright.
Our idea of patriotism and religion is mostly shaped and defined by what is handed down to us through media and media broadcasting. These god-like media entities are unconcerned with what is of Yahweh and what isn’t. They eagerly and effectively endorse sexual immorality, homosexuality, same-sex marriages and the gay agenda. Their god is Satan – the master manipulator; the father of lies and deception; the god of the air (Ephesians 2:2). And the saints need to be acutely aware of this fact when interacting with the “god of the air” and his many messengers that we welcome into our homes and lives everyday via multimedia dissemination – T.V., Radio, Internet, Satellite, Song Lyrics, etc.
BEWARE! Satan uses crafty manipulation of information (perversion) to get us to accept, hear and obey him instead of God. He fashions himself a god equal to Yahweh and thus attempts (temptation) to persuade us and seduce us away from The True and LIVING LORD and into willing or blind servitude to him (Matthew 24:24). Much of what we think and feel about things is determined by what we see and hear through various media. Much of the way we think and feel about salvation, religion, politics and morality is impacted by the media’s presentation and interpretation of things for us. Much of our values are determined by the unseen powers of this “dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” BEWARE!
Beware especially of mixing faith in Christ Jesus with patriotism. That is a dangerous combination of loyalties. It can be an unholy alliance. This is a very touchy and sensitive subject to many folks. Satan knows this and uses it to divide us and conquer us (John 10:10 and 1 Peter 5:8-9).
Albeit, we can love our nation but we must first love our God. Devotion to The FATHER must be prevailing. Where the choice is either the holiness of God’s commandments or the wickedness of a nation’s laws, we must always choose holiness. We must never yield our Christians morals to accept or tolerate evil or embrace her policies (Romans 6:12-14). We must love and trust in God more than we trust in mankind and her systems of religion and politics. If a nation chooses to promote and legalize sexual immorality against the objection of God and His Holy Word, then that nation has chosen Satan over God. It has brazenly defied God’s moral code and rejected God’s call to be holy. It is not a Christian nation! And to be aligned with such a nation would make one an enemy of God (James 4:4).
We should remember that religious-patriotism is the sin that caused the ruling sect of the Jewish Nation to conspire against Christ and to crucify Jesus. And anyone who subscribes to religious-patriotism will find it hard to choose between patriotism and God’s Commandments. They will, more often than not, be conflicted (Matthew 6:24). Anyone who subscribes to religious-patriotism will find it difficult to hear a Word from God that admonishes and challenges government and Church to return to God’s Way and repent. Religious-patriotism condemns and seeks to punish anyone who dares challenge their idea or religion and patriotism. They want freedom from God’s moral judgment. They are enslaved body, mind and soul by the lies and deceptions of Satan (2 Corinthians 11:3-14).
Now I would have us to know that national pride (Patriotism) is not a sin. However, no nation should be exalted as infallible nor worshiped as a god. YHVH is the Only TRUE God and He is the only One worthy of all of our loyalty and allegiance (Deuteronomy 6:5 and Matthew 22:37).
As Christians, we need to be ready to make a choice between God and nation (Acts 5:29). If forced to choose between the ungodly policies, laws and practices of a nation and God, we should immediately choose Father God (Yahweh).
Beware of Religious-Patriotism! It is an idol god and a false religion.
God’s “Way” is the only way to “Truth and Life.”
Beware of Satan’s agenda and his media brainwashing.
Put not your trust in man or man’s institutions or man’s technology.
Trust Only In Father Yahweh!
GOD Is In CONTROL!