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The characters in my strip, set in Africa's Western Rift Valley, are: the Foolish Pride of lions (Leon, the haughty and lethargic King of Beasts; his queen, Leona; and their cub Lionel, an unpromising heir to the throne); Secretary Bird, a liason between the Royal Court and the rest of the animals; cerebral, man-imitating Ape, a reader of the Substandard; peevish Rhinoceros; harmless but senseless Ostrich; Crocodile, resident of the much-frequented Watering Hole, and his dentist, Crocodile Bird; Honey Badger (alias Ratel), the "Meanest Animal in the World", and his one associate, Honeyguide; Mumbo the elephant, a descendant of Jumbo and a butt of jokes about his weight and the size of his ears and nose; Duncan the dung beetle; ill-favored and unwashed Warthog; the craven, henpecked male and shrewish female hyaenas, both of them foul-smelling and perpetually at war vs. the lions; the mistaken-identity-plagued zebras; slow and superannuated Tortoise; Oxpecker, a companion of large herbivores; Hugh the chamaeleon; and walled-up Mrs. Hornbill.

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20 January 2013

Uncommon Commentary #319

I don't consider myself a patriot; in fact, I try not to be one.  You probably find that startling or even shocking, but don't look for something to throw through the screen of your computer; I shall explain.  As a Christian, I'm trying to live according to the principles of the New Testament, which tells us that we are only sojourners in this world, and that our true home lies in Heaven. (See Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 11:10, 13-14, 16, 13:14; Ephesians 2:19; and the non-canonical but patristic Epistle of Diognetus.)  Don't you find this, as I do, antithetical to being in love with either the USA or any other country? (What I've told you does not mean that I would be disloyal to the land in which I live.  The New Testament also commands us to obey established secular authority, although, as the Church has always held, exception must be made to this obedience when the temporal power tries to force us to disobey God; I refer you to Romans 13:1-7 and to 1 Peter 2:13-14.  Being non-patriotic is quite different from being unpatriotic.)
It seems to me that the attitude that Christians ought to have toward the state is one of detached or dispassionate loyalty: to obey the laws of the country, but to do so not because we love it but because we love God and want to obey His laws.  This attitude, if spread, would have practical benefit: How many wars throughout history would not have been fought, had it not been for the desire of national aggrandizement at the expense of other states?  Moreover, neither loving nor hating one's land frees one to regard it objectively.  Such an attitude also has historical precedent.  A professor of history at my alma mater told our class that during Mediæval times, an Englishman would not likely have identified himself as such, but would have referred to himself either with a local demonym (e.g., a resident of Devonshire might have called himself a Devonian) or as a Christian. (Accordingly, I consider myself not an "American" but a subject of the Kingdom of God who just happens to have spent his earthly sojourn to date in the USA.)
Since love of God and love of country (and thus, however subconscious, of the secular world) have long been generally viewed as almost inseparable from one another, most of my fellow Christians don’t even realize the incompatibility between the two.  As I have mentioned previously on the Doman Domain, however, pride is a deadly sin, whether it be in one's nationality or in anything else.