My previous article, The Book Of Esther, & The Protestant Bible’s Missing Flood, showed that American nationalism is a Biblical virtue.
By “virtue,” I mean a morally excellent principle that God desires we exhibit. So I was thrilled to read the following passage in the Catechism after my last post.
The Covenant with Noah
56 After the unity of the human race was shattered by sin God at once sought to save humanity part by part. The covenant with Noah after the flood gives expression to the principle of the divine economy toward the “nations”, in other words, towards men grouped “in their lands, each with [its] own language, by their families, in their nations”.
57 This state of division into many nations is at once cosmic, social and religious. It is intended to limit the pride of fallen humanity united only in its perverse ambition to forge its own unity as at Babel. ~ Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 56 & 57
I’ve been reading the Catechism, a few paragraphs each day, with the goal of reading the entire Catechism cover to cover. It will take me a few years, but that’s okay. Reading the Bible cover to cover, one chapter each day, took me a few years as well, and it was one of the best investments of time I’ve ever made.
For Such A Time As Ours
The Catechism’s bold assertion that nationalism was instituted by God seems to have been written for such a time as ours. The recent American presidential election saw the forces of American nationalism (embodied in Donald Trump) defeat the forces of borderless globalism (embodied in Hillary Clinton). Here is the Catechism excerpt again, in summarized form: “men grouped in their lands…each with its own language…in their nations. This state of division into many nations is…religious… It is intended [by God] to limit the pride of fallen humanity united only in its perverse ambition to forge its own unity as at Babel.” American nationalism is Godly.
Why God Started Nationalism
Let’s not forget why God started nationalism in the first place. Satanic forces have always tried to unite the world into one borderless, single-languaged, homogenous people. The world is much easier to enslave that way.
The first globalist leader was Nimrod, who built the Tower of Babel.
Genesis 10:8 – 11:9
Cush was the father of Nimrod, who grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth… The first centers of his kingdom were… in Shinar [which included parts of modern-day Iraq]…
The whole world had the same language and the same words. When they were migrating from the east, they came to a valley in the land of Shinar [in the region of modern-day Iraq] and settled there. They said to one another, “Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire.” They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar. [Nimrod was using bitumen to help build his empire. Here is a Google Image search for the word “bitumen.”]
Our situation today is eerily similar to Babel. Like Nimrod, ISIS is based in the Middle East, seeks world dominance, and uses a black hydrocarbon from the ground to achieve its goals.
We see much the same situation today as Genesis describes in the time of Nimrod. It reminds me of one of my favorite verses. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. ~ Ecclesiastes 1:9. Now let’s continue with the Tower of Babel in Genesis.]
Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky, and so make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered all over the earth.” The LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the people had built. Then the LORD said: If now, while they are one people and all have the same language, they have started to do this, nothing they presume to do will be out of their reach.
Come, let us [“us” is plural, this is the Trinity] go down and there confuse their language [that is, make them “babel” incoherently, speak different languages to each other], so that no one will understand the speech of another. So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the speech of all the world. From there the LORD scattered them over all the earth.
~ Genesis 10:8 – 11:9
Starting at the Tower of Babel, God divided the speech of men from one unified globalist language into many different nationalist languages. He did this so they would not understand each other, making it difficult to unite into one globalist people. Humanity, imperfect and ungodly since the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden, will always produce leaders who try to rule the world and put themselves on par with God. Nimrod, Hitler, and Stalin all tried it– to name just a few. Evil men will always try it, but they will never succeed. God has never allowed one of the prototype antichrists (such as the men I just mentioned) to takeover the entire world, nor will he allow THE Antichrist to take over the entire world in the last days.
Sacred Scripture & Sacred Tradition
So, from the Bible we see the historical account of the Tower of Babel, and from the Catechism we see the Catholic Church’s interpretation of the account. This is Sacred Scripture interpreted through Sacred Tradition. I am not asserting that everything written in the Catechism is Sacred Tradition. However, the Catechism certainly contains a generous serving of Sacred Tradition, and is therefore a great place to start when you have questions about the Catholic Church’s official position on a matter.
Remember, whereas Protestantism (which did not come into existence until 1,500 after Christ) relies on “Sola Scriptura” (Scripture alone), Catholicism (which dates back 2,000 years in an unbroken line directly back to Jesus Christ) relies on:
- Sacred Scripture: This is the Bible
- Sacred Tradition: Also known as “Apostolic Tradition,” Sacred Tradition contains the oral preaching of the apostles, information that was passed on by word-of-mouth, which is how most information was past on at that time. An example of Sacred Tradition is the fact that Christians worship on Sunday, rather than the Sabbath day of Saturday, even though Sunday worship is not explicitly decreed anywhere in the Bible. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word [oral teaching] or our epistle [the Bible]. ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:15
- The Magisterium of the Catholic Church: This is the teaching authority of the Catholic Church, which by the power of the Holy Spirit canonized the Christian Bible, and has handed down the Bible unaltered (in other words, it has kept all 73 books in the Bible) through the ages since the Bible was first canonized by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church in 397 AD. In addition, the Magisterium of the Catholic Church has handed down the Sacred Tradition unaltered through the ages as well. To the contrary, Protestantism has existed only 500 years and has already removed seven whole books from the Bible (Protestant Bibles have only 66 books, not 73), and parts of two others (six chapters from Esther, and two chapters from Daniel), and disregards the Sacred Tradition and the Magisterium, opting instead for “Sola Scriptura” (Scripture alone).
Whereas Protestantism balances precariously on the one-legged stool of Sola Scriptura, Catholicism sits firmly on the three-legged stool of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium. This is why Protestant teaching on faith and morals changes radically from decade to decade, while Catholic teaching stays steady through the ages. For example, less than a century ago, all main Protestant denominations preached against contraception. Today, none of them do, but the Catholic Church still does. “I the LORD do not change…” ~ Malachi 3:6. God has not changed in the past 100 years, so why have Protestant teachings on his morality changed?
As always, I write with great love and respect for my Protestant brethren, with whom I spent nine years as an Evangelical Protestant. I know you to be the salt of the earth, with hearts zealous for Jesus Christ. My prayer is that you join me, and come home to the church launched by Jesus Christ, the church with an unbroken history stretching back 2,000 years to Christ Himself, the Catholic Church.
God Bless America
American Patriotism is Biblical and Catechetical. It conforms to Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. It is God’s will. And now more than ever, it is necessary.