Tuesday, June 05, 2007

American Idol

If you think this post is about the TV show, then I will disappoint you.

Though the TV show "American Idol" is itself an idol (that is, an idol of the heart), I am not referring to the TV show. I refer to America, itself.

Yes, America IS an idol!

Many Americans have an American Idol.

If you think that America is always good and can do no wrong...or screws up every now and then, yet is at its heart inherently good and was founded by various religious groups as the "shining city on the hill" and, thus, is foreordained by God to be the land of good, then you must have an American Idol.

If you think Americans are generally good, as in "We're the good guys," and thus, as we are good because we are Americans, then, of course, those who oppose us are bad, no matter who it is that opposes us, no matter their religion, economy, political frame of reference, race, color, or creed, no matter what the historical context is, then you must have an American Idol.

If you, as a corollary to the first two, believe that because America is (almost) always good and Americans are (almost) always "the good guys," then we Americans have the right to control the world and it is in the world's interests to do what we tell them to do, and that we have the inherent right to control the world's resources and use them as we please and to heck with everyone else (because they oppose us and thus they are bad), then you must have an American Idol.

I will have more to say about this in my next post, but suffice it to say I am laying the groundwork for expounding on this issue, which, also suffice it to say, all Americans, Christian or not, will have to come to grips with in the long run. Just another part of God's "strong delusion."

Deborah Lagarde