Heart and Soul for Whom?

“Our youth will be taught to love America with all of their heart and all of their soul.” - President Trump, White House Conference on American History

Mr. President,

It is not a good thing to teach our children this. Our hearts, bodies, minds, and souls belong only to God. We acknowledge righteously wielded government authority as God’s gift of order. We respect the history and culture of the people we live amongst. We study history and celebrate the moments when God’s grace and providence are most evident. However, the hearts of Christians and the hearts of our children can never belong to America.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” (Deut 6:4-9 KJV)

“Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him [Jesus] a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matt 22:35-40 KJV)

Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law. Amen.