“Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his country”

Says the inscription on the park bench by my dentist office. There’s a statue of a veteran to add to the patriotism.

This is an adaptation of Jesus’ words:

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

-John 15:13

This is more than an adaptation; it’s a perversion. Nationalism has long been held as a virtue among many segments of conservative American Christian culture. But there is no justification for the syncretism of biblical values and nationalism.

Old man on bench