Drew Humphrey posts his thoughts on July Fourth:

Of all the American holidays throughout the course of the year, I find that none brings out the quirkiness of contemporary evangelical theology quite like Independence Day. And when I use the word “quirkiness” I’m probably being far too kind. Because what happens on the Fourth of July every year in many American churches is not just quirky—quite frankly it’s idolatrous. (Read the rest)

That idolatry is found across the political spectrum. Liberals and conservatives both trust in purely political solutions to our problems—big government and the free market are both false gods. I ran across this interesting tidbit from a great USA Today report on the Tea Party phenomenon that is sweeping America:

Their faith in the Founding Fathers is a signature of the movement. Citing links to the Revolution has been a mainstay of American politics since the nation’s beginnings, Lepore says, but the way the Tea Party uses those symbols and language is original. “It is a fundamentalist way of thinking of the past: The founding documents are gospel; they come alive for us,” she says.

Yikes.

I’m sorry, but the U.S. Constitution is a fallible document written by sinful men. It is not eternal; it will pass away when “the day of the Lord will come like a thief” (2 Peter 2:10). If you anchor yourself to the Constitution, you will pass away just as it will. You will pass away just like the things you worship.

So enjoy July 4, and praise God for the freedom we enjoy in this country and the men and women who died to preserve it. But don’t get too excited. Government of the people, by the people, for the people, will surely perish from the earth.

It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in princes.
(Psalm 118:8–9)

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