America’s Ancestor Worship – The Log in Our Own Eye (Part 1)

14 Jan

Early in the history of the US the founding father of America, George Washington, became an object of worship. Not only is there a fresco of him on the dome of our National Capitol building, risen to heaven among the gods, in a full blown Apotheosis (the ancient Roman/Greek practice of elevating a leader, after his death, to the status of a god), but also in a plethora of paintings and sculptures that literally deified this man.

George Washington as Zeus

He became the icon of manifest destiny a sort of Moses or Joshua to lead the Americans to their destiny in this land. This mindset was embedded in the hearts and minds of the Euro-Americans who were, I believe, desperately needing a way to justify their consciences (in relationship to the injustice toward the Indians) and adopt a religious facade for America.

If you have and doubts, consider also the statue of George Washington as the Greek god Zeus. It is a massive marble sculpture, reported to weigh as much as 30 tons, by Horatio Greenough who was commissioned by the US Congress for the centennial of Washington’s birth in 1832. The statue depicts him as an Olympic God and is modeled after the ancient statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was first placed in the rotunda of the Capitol until it cracked the floor and was moved to the east lawn of the Capitol building in 1843. Because of controversy and criticism it was moved to the Smithsonian Castle and then finally to the National Museum of American History, where it currently resides.

This sounds ridiculous to us today, but it reveals the condition of the “national psyche” in regard to America’s founders. 2 Corinthians chapter 10 speaks of “vain imaginations” or “lofty opinions” that “exalt themselves against the knowledge of God.” I believe that all who grow up in main stream America today have been infected by these vain imaginations and exalted ideas of our National identity.

It is time for the church to put the axe to the root of the cherry tree and tell the truth about our past!


Posted by on January 14, 2012 in No Catagory


6 responses to “America’s Ancestor Worship – The Log in Our Own Eye (Part 1)

  1. Elizabeth Levesque

    January 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Terry, keep going with your writing. Dig deeper. Look to the “Enlightenment Period” which is the Secular Humanist movement of Europe which is Atheism. “Man” as the center of the universe replaced “Creator” as the center of the universe. This has more to do with the George Washington statuary than anything. From Atheism stems the worship of cultural heroes and the religious facade. The “rugged individualism” that this European period forced on everyone has perpetuated a “me, me, me” society where the communal aspects we once knew are eroding. We are leaving our young people with no sense of familial or social obligations, no sense of family or community. They don’t want to go to Church anymore. They don’t see the value in marriage and family due to the fact they are the casualty of divorce. They have been left with little to believe in. They are becoming more and more secular. For a treatment on Secular Humanism read, J.I. Packer. We really are in a battle between the secular and sacred, the holy and the profane. Blessings.+++

    • Terry M. Wildman

      January 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth. I know you are right about the “Enlightenment” period, the philosophies that came out of Europe and infuenced the founders of the US. My book didn’t have the scope to unpack all of that. However I do suggest that the US policies that broke up and tore apart our Indian families through relocation and boarding schools were seeds that led to the current breakdown of the family today that you are talking about. I agree with you that Secular Humanism replaces God with Man. My book has a chapter that traces the roots of colonialism to Europe and the British Empire, back to the Roman Empire and the Greece/Persia and of course Babylon. Daniel’s interpretation of the dream of Nebuchadnezzar. But that connection, I admit is a sweeping pen stroke, but I believe it has merit. Thank you for the encouragement and the pointers. Blessings.

  2. Elizabeth Levesque

    January 19, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Don’t know about the “national psyche”. looks more like Washington , D.C. wasting money. again. Indicative of the ego centric tasteless exaltation of their heroes. Downright creepy dressing George half naked. America was “settled” by farmers plowing fields. Most of them had no idea of such things and would not have supported the expenditure. Just like today. Most Americans believe Washington, D.C. and its politicians spend their money on useless crap. Most Americans, being farmers had no idea about “Manifest Destiny.” They heard “free land” and traveled West. I would pin this solely on Washington, D.C. and their fat cat spending. Now that hasn’t changed since George Washington’s days.

  3. Iam Kingdom

    January 16, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Wow…good stuff. (“the condition of the “national psyche” in regard to America’s founders). Jesus help this nation to remove the blinders oh God, that we would see you and follow you, never to return to that way again.

  4. Craig Leaming

    January 16, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Terry you are 100% on target with this observation of old George and the justification principal in elevating him to a make believe status. I for one repent and apologize for this abomination. My conscience agonizes and groans in repenting travail for the injustice done to all First Nations; it can’t and never will be justified by anything. The best way for me to let you know that my words are a truth is for my soul to walk along side of yours to help and serve your needs and rejoice in our sovereign, eternal brotherhood through Yahusha/Jesus.

    • Terry M. Wildman

      January 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks Craig. The last half of my book tells of some grass roots success in real relational reconciliation between the churches and some of the tribes in Michigan and Indiana. It also suggests ways individuals, groups, media, city councils, and government officials can get involved in seeing reconciliation, restitution, and restoration come. Thank you for your heartfelt apology, may Creator grant you peace and insight as you walk the road of life.


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