Okay, I’ve had it. This is for my nationalistic, Bible-waving friends: a world history and Bible lesson:
|Babylonian Emperor Nebuchadnezzar's North Palace Ruins|
Yet they all either ended up backwater countries or vanished, except for ruins. Can you believe Portugal, for example, was once the wealthy world-dominating empire?
|Empire vs the Barbarians of Northern Europe|
Ludovisi Battle Sarcophagus
Now, check out the Bible:The rise and fall of nationalist empires is the Bible’s central theme. Over and over, Old Testament prophets preached against nationalist empires and their leaders’ arrogant, bragging supremacism, extravagant wealth, world commerce, and world domination.
This included, and especially included, Israel.
National pride comes before fall, they kept warning.
And lipservice to God is what made their national pride and wealth most abhorrent to the prophets.
|How art thou fallen from heaven, |
O Lucifer, Son of the Morning!
how art thou cut down to the ground,
which didst weaken the nations!
Note another irony: pious nationalists are often obsessed with the Devil, looking for demonic conspiracy around every corner. But let’s sit down and look at the famous, traditional depiction of the Devil in the Bible:
In Christian and Jewish tradition, the famous story of Lucifer and his fall from Heaven comes from Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28. Lo and behold, you find this Lucifer is none other than the personification of nationalist, wealthy, commercial, world-dominating Empires and their arrogant, boasting, extravagantly rich leaders.
|Sodom & Gomorrah|
by John Martin
"Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom:
She and her daughter had pride,
fullness of food, and abundance of idleness;
neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy."
Go ahead. Wave around your Bible and flag; brag how your religion and culture and nation is the greatest and divinely favored. See what happens.
Okay, it’s already happening.