Man has always been able to desire to build a heaven. But it seems he has never been able to admit that he didn’t pull it off. So he keeps insisting that he did pull it off. And that is really what patriotism is all about. It is the insistence that what we have done is sacred. It is that transference of allegiance from what God did in creating the whole wide world to what we have done with (or to) a little sliver of it. Patriotism is immoral. Flying a national flag—any national flag—in a church house is a symbol of idolatry. Singing ‘God Bless America’ in a Christian service is blasphemy. Patriotism is immoral because it is a violation of the First Commandment. - Will D. Campbell
From my perspective,
the Kingdom (Reign) of God (Heaven) is within us.
And the the will of God for this world comes from Heaven, not from the world/flesh (politics, etc) - no matter how ideal they may seem, or have the alleged 'potential' to be.
Our Way, Truth, Light, Life is spiritual-focused (of the spirit, as Jesus embodied, and showed us to Be, implored us to Do)
not physical-focused (of the flesh), as we are thrown to be, trained by society to do.
when the Kingdom of God / spiritual-focus, is the ground of our being,
we come to spiritual maturity/manifesting who we really are: children of God.
We shift and the world shifts, as well.
For all creation, gazing eagerly as if with outstretched neck, is waiting and longing to see the manifestation of the sons of God.So often we want to put the cart before the horse.
With so much potential and glory, unrealized;
we celebrate the little sliver we are able to pull ourselves out of the mud,
making idols of our paltry creations.
Meanwhile, hope you all enjoy a beautiful day, and a fireworks night
: ) Wendy