What’s that sound I hear on the Sunday before the 4th? It’s probably the vast majority of churches in the United States paying homage to its’ nation-state’s tribal deity. Religious rituals, holidays/holy days, and the war-driven liturgy of the masses have turned Uncle Sam and Jesus into siblings (of course, Uncle Sam is the Big Brother; he, obviously, tells his little Jewish bra’ what to do).
So, Christians will gather, sing war-hymns, turn heroes into martyrs, Jesus into Ares, and convert an abstract concept such as ‘freedom’ into their highest good (which their lord and savior just, curiously, happens to endorse despite his comments on servanthood). Yes, it’s time to fetishize and commodify our most popular religion (‘Where did you get that lovely American flag-draped-cross?’) and turn into an idol that which so many are willing to kill and die for. Luther (who was a real shithead, yet remains immensely quotable) said, “Whatever you are willing to sacrifice your children for is your god.”
Let the bombs burst in air.
About the Author
Tripp York teaches religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the author of more than half a dozen books including, Third Way Allegiance, The Purple Crown, and Living on Hope While Living in Babylon. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming three-volume collection called the Peaceable Kingdom Series. An actor and a lighting designer, Tripp also surfs and spends his weekends shoveling elephant and giraffe poop.