From the great Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ sermon ‘The Minister – Task and Calling’:
The Christian minister is called to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ. Let me make this quite clear. It isn’t the business of the Christian minister to express his opinions, his criticisms, his agreement or his disagreement (with government policy). It is not the business of the Christian Church to preach patriotism either. It’s often done so. The Church has often been nothing but a recruiting sergeant, and a recruiting station. And it’s a travesty of the Christian ministry…
American patriotism is incompatible with the Christian Gospel because the Christian’s love for country should be for a country that we have not yet visited. A country where our King is on the throne, both now and forever more. Never to be deposed, never up for re-election.
I wish more American preachers would heed to Lloyd-Jones: start preaching the unsearchable riches of Christ and stop preaching for the GOP. Stop the abominable practice of ‘patriotic services’. Stop glorifying the deeds of the state’s henchmen. The pulpit of the Christian minister is for one thing, to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ!