Christian Patriotism

What is “Christian Patriotism?” Does it mean being loyal to the Bible and God alone?

If we listen to many on the left and their insistence that “separation of church and state” is a Constitutional fact (it is not of course) then the answer would be yes. The Bible however is clear and should be our governing authority. Romans 13:1-7, Titus 3:1-3, 1 Peter 2:13-17 all have Biblical mandates for being obedient to those whom God has appointed over us.

However, equally important the Bible says we should never obey man when his (man) mandates conflict with Biblical (God’s) law (Luke 20:25, Acts 5:29). The Bible makes no provision for believers to be silent in the political arena, just the opposite. It does however require that all our acts, in word or deed, be done in a manner that Glorifies God.

The following sermon was delivered at Kettering, in 1803, at a time when the UK was being threatened with invasion by Napoleon. Andrew Fuller was a leader of the Particular Baptists of England and instrumental in the formation of the Particular Baptist Society for the Propagation of the Gospel Amongst the Heathen (later known as the Baptist Missionary Society and today as BMS World Mission)

Christian Patriotism

Andrew Fuller

“And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it; for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.”  Jer. 29:7.

In the course of human events, cases may be expected to occur in which a serious mind may be at a loss with respect to the path of duty. Presuming, my brethren, that such may be the situation of some of you, at this momentous crisis—a crisis in which your country, menaced by an unprincipled, powerful, and malignant foe, calls upon you to arm in its defense—I take the liberty of freely imparting to you my sentiments on the subject…


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