“Truly inspired and deeply moved” by his church’s patriotic 4th of July service, and particularly his pastor’s message, titled “The Shining City Upon A Hill,” local man Jim Radcliffe announced Monday his intention to launch into a comprehensive study of every mention of the United States of America in the entire Bible.
“From God’s covenant with America in the Old Testament, all the way through to America’s ultimate victory over our enemies in Revelation—I’m going to study every single verse about God’s chosen nation,” read his announcement on Facebook. “There are a ton of them, I know. But I am committed.”
Radcliffe also announced that he hopes to complete this daunting task within one calendar year.
“By this time next year I hope to have exhaustively studied the Scriptures’ entire treatment of the United States, even if it takes several hours each day,” he said in his online missive, noting his confidence that God will bless him as he endeavors to honor the U.S., quoting Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless [America].”
Questioned by a commenter about his biblical interpretations and the tumultuous state of the country as possible evidence that America is not God’s chosen nation, Radcliffe stood his ground. “Just like pastor explained, God has promised to save America out of this current state of unrest. See Isaiah 43.”
If your church service yesterday was comprised of flag waving and speeches urging nationalism, you should find yourself a new church to attend. Now.