I can submit to the country’s authorities, whether American or Filipino, even give respect toward them. And taxes. But ultimately, my “love for country” is reserved for Abraham’s “better country, that is, a heavenly one.” Not for America. Not even for the Philippines.
The Old Testament prophets and the New Testament writers did not forget America.They were not even concerned about America. They were concerned only with the election, calling, justification and glorification of God’s people.
Is prayer an act of worship directed to a particular deity, or is its value psychotherapeutic, to “find solace and healing,” “relief and repose,” and to “cope with the loss of loved ones”?
It is the height of American arrogance to claim that 9/11 was a wake-up call for the church, as if the United States is God’s holy people, and God is only concerned about Americans.