The Idolatry of National Security

“He also said that [another of the idols is] National Security, and the essence of idolatry is that when idols are worshipped, you know, when wealth or National Security are worshipped, then victims are produced in our world.” Jon Sobrino S.J. Regis University commencement speech, 1990

 Dear all Powerful and feared God of National Security,

First, we would like to thank you for your unwavering support in the constant fight to keep terrorists out of our country. Lord, we thank you for your mercy in the battle to also keep out refugees and those fleeing persecution as they might be a threat to our great society. Our actions are for you and in your name, Lord of National Security here our prayer.

 We pray that due process and a fair trial continue to be taken away from anyone who is a threat to you, Lord of National Security. As those who illegally cross the border are an obvious danger to your wellbeing. We pray they continue to be criminalized and sent to jail. Lord of National Security hear our prayer

 We thank you for your grace in the work with the American judicial system, taking away judges’ discretion for the common good and streamlining the process to better protect your glory, Lord of National Security hear our prayer.  

 Lord of National Security, we know the sacrifices made for your honor, over five hundred migrant deaths in the desert alone this year. These sacrifices were made for you and for your ideal safer society. Lord or National Security hear our prayer.

 We thank you for your ability to overpower the American constitution and Bill of Rights as these documents inhibit your full glory, Lord or National Security hear our prayer.  

 Lastly, Lord, please cleanse this society, at any cost of anyone who could be a threat to you, oh powerful God of National Security. It is in you we trust and would sacrifice anything. Please guide our actions in the perilous world that surrounds us. Thanks be to you.


When did the worship of national security take precedence over the compassion of Christ?   “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40

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