Marrying things to the Gospel

A Christian most certainly can be a good patriot and love their country. However, patriotism is not necessary to be a good Christian.

This past Sunday I gave the introduction to the sermon I plan to preach this week. You can go listen to it here.  It was called 1 Corinthians 2:6-9 Introduction.

I preached this sermon because often times I think we misunderstand what’s happening in Corinthian and what Paul is after. In the first 4 chapters of 1 Corinthians Paul uses the term wisdom 15 times. But the problem is not a problem inherent in wisdom itself. It is a problem with what we as men do with wisdom.

So I made the connection to our lives today, we have our own value systems that we attempt to marry to the gospel, rather than repent of our value systems and turn to Christ.  One of the values systems that I railed against was patriotism. I know some people would think, Brady what is wrong with you? Well there is a lot wrong with me, but in this case here is what I mean.

A Christian most certainly can be a good patriot and love their country. However, patriotism is not necessary to be a good Christian. So I thought I would show you what I think is a case of marrying patriotism to the gospel. The following video is the worship service of FBC Dallas from June 25. In this “worship” service you have the worship of a country and idea, but the worship of Christ Jesus did not happen that day. Even though the sermon was about and faith and fear, Christ was not worshiped. This is marrying the gospel to patriotism, and this ought not be.

Check it out. And then weep that this was a Sunday morning for God’s people to gather and worship the Risen Savior.