Tuesday, August 01, 2006

U.S. Nuclear Progam Permitted / Empire Idolatry

Iran rejects U.N. nuclear deadlne
Tehran has until end of Aug to suspend program or face sanctions
Tuesday, August 1, 2006; Posted: 11:48 a.m. EDT (15:48 GMT)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday rejected a U.N. Security Council resolution that would give his nation until Aug. 31 to suspend uranium enrichment.
Instead, Ahmadinejad insisted Tehran would pursue its nuclear program.
"My words are the words of the Iranian nation. Throughout Iran, there is one slogan: 'The Iranian nation considers the peaceful use of nuclear fuel production technology its right,"' Ahmadinejad said.
The Security Council passed a resolution Monday calling for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment by the end of August or face the threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions.

Why does the United States always think that it is bigger and better than everyone else? Does the U.N. Security Council demand that the United States cease operation at its Uranium Enrichment Plant? Why is it okay for the U.S. to have a nuclear program but no one else can?

The preceeding rhetorical questions reveal my attitude toward the U.S. It is an attitude of disgust and disgrace due to the practice of Nationalism and religious worship of an earthly empire. For most "conservative evangelicals," along with many others, America has become an idol. The starred and striped flag and displays of red, white, and blue have become religious icons - symbols revealing allegiance. My allegiance is to God and God alone. I will not pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America nor to the republic for which it stands. I will not pledge allegiance to Iran. I will not pledge allegiance to Angola. I will not pledge allegiance to any earthly empire. My allegiance is to God and God alone. May we become aware of our idolatry. May we cease to inadvertantly pay homage to an eartly empire.

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Matthew 5:38-48, NASB

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone want to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only you brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."