87 thoughts on “God’s Country”

  1. 1. America is not a country. It is two continents containing dozens of countries.
    2. The United States of America is one of God’s 200 or so countries in the world.

    1. Thank you, Big Gary! We will be impressed, and I hope surprised, to see how many other people groups and countries are represented in Heaven. I do love my country, and I grew to appreciate the freedoms we have in the U.S. even more after living overseas, but there are so many other believers in so many other places and their hardship and resolve to stay true to the faith in the face of real suffering often put American Christians to shame.

      1. Dear Darrell:

        US citizens wouldn’t be lucky enough to have democratic socialism … sigh.

        Christian Socialist

        PS: I join the rest in wishing you and all a great fourth!

        1. Texas is now America north of The Wall, thanks to Bush, Cheney, and company.

        1. All the time. I just listened to one of his rants again and it’s affecting my ability to type.

      1. Does he really?
        I know a bit of Bosnian. I would check out how well he speaks it, except that would mean I’d be listening to Steven Anderson.

  2. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof.”

    So in this sense, America is one of God’s possessions.

    It is NOT God’s Country in that

    1. God didn’t come from here.
    2. God doesn’t claim residence here.
    3. God doesn’t pay taxes.
    4. There is poverty, sickness, and death here that few care or do much of anything about.
    5. The Bible is not the Law of the Land, the Constitution is!
    6. America is not found in the Bible anywhere, including Bible prophesy!
    7. Using David Barton’s skulleryship doesn’t make fake quotes of founding fathers any more real.

      1. โ€œQuotes on the Internet are not always properly attributed.โ€ โ€“ Abraham Lincoln

        The name of the courageous student who valiantly said that as he stood up against the angry atheist teacher?
        Albert Einstein.

  3. Way back in the mists of whenever, I got to tour the very first laser-cutting factory, back when there were only two. I even got to take home a sample pack of stationery with cute little laser-cut kitties on it.

    My class group heard a lot about the awesome possibilities of the technology. I wonder if any of them imagined…this.

    1. Reminds me of back when I was a teenager (40+ years ago) working a day job one hot day in July loading bales of hay in an old farmer’s field, one of my co-workers had a pack of cigs rolled up in his t-shirt sleeve. The old, wizened farmer said to him, “son, if I was you, I’d take them things and chuck ’em. You should see me back there in the barn ev’ry morning puking my guts out. That’s what them things did to me.” That was enough to turn me off to them permanently.

  4. Checking in from the Netherlands. With a two hundred year old – but frequently updated – constitution and more parties to choose from, there’s more freedom here than an American can dream of. And I hate to rub it in, but there’s also better public transport, universal medical coverage, less violence, less poverty, and a legal right to at least four weeks of paid vacation (six weeks is not unusual). On the other hand, the Dutch don’t have nukes, you cannot get a decent lunch for love or money, and fashion and music are stuck in an 80s time warp. So you should probably celebrate 4th July not by ranting about freedom, but by listening to some ‘worldly’ music and eating sugary over -processed deliciousness until you burst! ๐Ÿ™‚ And now I’m craving Cracker Barrel.

        1. Geneva be on Constance guard with these puns so ya don’t get Berned. Whatsa Matterhorn with people these Davos?

        2. PTFM, you are my new hero. Unless you copied that off the internet. In that case you are merely awesome.

  5. I suppose its ‘God’s Country’ in the sense that everything belongs to God but I have always wondered about the whole equating patriotism with spirituality. Appreciating that we live in a nice place (could be better) is one thing but what these people are doing is close to idolatry.

    And there is also the fact that many of them want and out and out theocracy and once again if you are against them and their motives you are against God because…I don’t know. Because they know what God wants and no one else does?

    1. Not only is equating patriotism with spirituality weird, it’s unconstitutional. No main God was defined in their constitution. Not to mention most of their founding fathers were part of a fraternity that is not based around religion but charity, love and hope (QED, the Freemasons). People mostly believe what is most convenient for them rather than actually learning about the truth.

  6. From The New Century Hymnal of the United Church of Christ, alternate lyrics to a favorite hymn (written by Sister Miriam Therese Winter, the Catholic nun who teaches worship at Hartford Seminary):
    How beautiful, our spacious skies, our amber waves of grain;
    our purple mountains as they rise above the fruitful plain.
    America! America! God’s gracious gifts abound,
    and more and more we’re grateful for life’s bounty all around.

    Indigenous and immigrant, our daughters and our sons;
    O may we never rest content till all are truly one.
    America! America! God grant that we may be
    a sisterhood and brotherhood from sea to shining sea.

    How beautiful, sincere lament, the wisdom born of tears,
    the courage called for to repent the bloodshed through the years,
    America! America! God grant that we may be
    a nation blessed with none oppressed, true land of liberty.

    How beautiful, two continents, and islands in the sea
    that dreams of peace, nonviolence, all people living free,
    Americas! Americas! God grant that we may be
    a hemisphere where people here all live in harmony.

    I still love the original, of course, but I think this is a wonderful expression of what it truly means to be American — without the jingoism.

    1. Gets rid of the jingoism (and sexism) in the original, but unfortunately it’s also worse as poetry.
      That’s what happens when you try to “correct” a work of art.

      I still maintain that “This Land is Your Land” (in its original form) is our true national anthem– not jingoistic or militaristic, and it includes everybody.

      This Land Is Your Land
      Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

      This land is your land This land is my land
      From California to the New York island;
      From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
      This land was made for you and Me.

      As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
      I saw above me that endless skyway:
      I saw below me that golden valley:
      This land was made for you and me.

      I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
      To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
      And all around me a voice was sounding:
      This land was made for you and me.

      When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,
      And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
      As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:
      This land was made for you and me.

      As I went walking I saw a sign there
      And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
      But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
      That side was made for you and me.

      In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
      By the relief office I seen my people;
      As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
      Is this land made for you and me?

      Nobody living can ever stop me,
      As I go walking that freedom highway;
      Nobody living can ever make me turn back
      This land was made for you and me.

    2. Oh, beautiful, for polluted skies
      For farm subsidies
      For environmental lobbyists
      And the gay community.
      America, America, God shed a tear for thee
      You shoot the brothers in the ‘hood
      And there is wealth disparity.

  7. Since the SCOTUS and Obama are forcing us anyway, I figured this weekend would be a good time to get same-sex married. Get it out of the way before they show up at my door.

    1. I dont consider it a successful day unless I’ve caused at least one divorce before lunch and forced another person to marry someone of the same gender.

      aaaaaand /endSnark

    1. The poorest state in the Union, is West Virginia.

      However, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia, the Rt. Rev. Mike Klusmeyer, is a very good guy.

      1. West Virginia : Almost Heaven is the state’s unofficial motto. And frankly, if you’ve ever seen the blue ridge near the Shenandoah valley, you might agree. Out side of some of the most beautiful nature in the world, though, there isn’t much to celebrate. Hsat, my absolute most favorite times from childhood were spent in WVA. We lived in an historic farmhouse (its on the internet, actually) with a barn that pre-dated the Civil War. Oh the stories I could tell you about snake skins and pigs teeth and cat skeletons and old tools…one time we took an old door out of the barn and made a raft which we poled around on pretending to be Huckleberry Finn. Fun times indeed.

        1. Sorry, Dr. F.
          Parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are indescribably beautiful. Makes WV seem like a step-mined wasteland.
          Sincerely,
          BJg

        2. It’s freakin’ fun to be in Alaska in the winter. Alaskans told me this, and I didn’t believe it until I tried it myself. It is.

  8. Seriously now. The USA is, by my interpretation, depicted in the book of Revelation as rising up to defeat the Antichrist. You just have to read it carefully. You’ll see.

    1. See, you take the second letter of every third word, and then the third letter of every fourth word, and then you switch every eighth word with every fifth word, and then …

        1. Flippigate every 19th word, according to the Shoes Law of Flippigation.

  9. The USA has been blessed by Providence. Fertile agriculture, abundant natural resources, friendly and militarily weak neighbors to the north and south and vast oceans to the east and west. Yet for all of that we have been, in many ways, a fearful people.
    Fearful of slave uprisings, savage Indians, Chinese immigrants, anarchists, communists, the Red Menace, the Yellow Peril, dirty hippies, etc.
    Now a large segment of the population has their knickers in a twist that gay people can actually get married.
    Sad.

  10. Ah yes. Not to sound egoistic, but ‘Murica. That piece of land which the creator of this giant, infinite universe is using as a gauge to determine whether or not to start this detox program he has planned for Earth. We’re the last bastion of morality. A safe-haven of righteousness. God is sitting on his throne, watching the rest of the world hang on to our pant-leg as we grip the edge of the moral cliff, and he’s waiting. Waiting for us to let go and fall into the abyss so that he can finally return. Last Friday was a finger or two, losing grip. Soon.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SQxdK19vH0

  11. I wonder what the response would have been had our fine, good looking beauty had been asked to find Canada on a world map? Canada? I thought that was a wetless soft drink.

    “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don’t have maps and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future [for our children].”

    This is what I personally believe. B.R.1

        1. Embarrassed to admit she’s, presumably, a US citizen. She might have gotten it if she had been allowed to text it, maybe? Just kidding. Lost cause here.

  12. I love this. It reminds me of a class I took at fundy u about American political parties. Better known as, “Republican Conservatives Are Superior And God Only Loves Them”

  13. I do love how people are convinced that America is superior than all other countries in everything. I love the country I live in. My ancestry goes far back in this country. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. It’s beautiful, abundant, and it’s political position as far as rights of people, especially women, is one of the most advanced in the world.

    But, we could still learn a thing or two from other countries. Japan exceeds us in technology and health. Finland exceeds us in education. UAE in economy. Asian countries in medical affordability. I could go on.

    The U.S. is a great nation, but if we took our heads out of our asses and learned something from those across the seas, we’d be better.

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