Father Ernesto, over at Orthocuban, pointed out the new American Patriot’s Bible and offered some thoughts on it.
The blurb from the Thomas-Nelson site reads:
THE ONE BIBLE THAT SHOWS HOW ‘A LIGHT FROM ABOVE’ SHAPED OUR NATION. Never has a version of the Bible targeted the spiritual needs of those who love our country more than The American Patriot’s Bible. This extremely unique Bible shows how the history of the United States connects the people and events of the Bible to our lives in a modern world. The story of the United States is wonderfully woven into the teachings of the Bible and includes a beautiful full-color family record section, memorable images from our nation’s history and hundreds of enlightening articles which complement the New King James Version Bible text.
Its true that different parts of the bible speak to people in different ways. We can relate to different parts in different ways, oftentimes depending on our situation, personality, or even our occupation.
HOWEVER, the overriding theme is always Jesus Christ and his gospel (Luke 24:27).
When the publishing companies publish specialty bibles geared towards women or men or teenagers or fishermen or black female jewish ninjas they’re doing so to make money. Study bibles that offer helpful commentary and background on the text of God’s word is helpful. But I find that specialty bibles do little more than encourage people to place their identity in the fact that they are women, men, teenagers, pirates, ninjas, whatever, RATHER THAN FINDING THEIR IDENTITY IN CHRIST, their creator and savior.
God’s word speaks to men, teenagers, woman, lumberjacks, farmers, professional wrestlers in their situations, and the Christian publishing industry doesn’t need to help it out as much as they think they do.
With all of that being said, a Bible that is marketed towards the American Patriot presupposes the idea that America and its loyal citizens have a special place in God’s word and plan more than other nations. That idea kinda makes me want to throw up.