Of the believers I know and run into, the vast majority have not read their Bibles to any extent. But then, their religion is far less about belief or about a book than many Atheists would like to fantasize. Yet if you get believers reading their Bibles, they may wake up to the silliness behind the banner to which they pledge allegiance.
Likewise, most American’s who claim to be patriotic don’t mean they support everything America ever did. In fact, most have no idea of what their government has done. When a “self-declared patriot” learns about the evils done by their sacred governments, they may either stop calling themselves a patriot or redefine “patriot” or some other move to massage their cognitive dissonance. You see the religious parallels, I’m sure.
Today I’d like to share Bible readings which I recommend you share with believers to show them what is behind their religious banner. Yesterday, Steve Wells (author of “Drunk with Blood”), did a fantastic post quoting Bible passages to show the the various Bible views on marriage. Get one of your Christian friends to read it and maybe you’ll see their banner fade a bit.
This “banner therapy” can work in many realms. Try to find some accurate history books for your patriot friends to read — hint, they are tough to find in the government public schools. Then watch what they do with their banners — I am watching that happen with my son this last month.
The banners we fly often are fueled on biased information. Even without banners, people can do good but this is hard for folks to understand when their banners largely serve the function of supplying identity and security.