Articles on Nations:
Alcohol Prayer Initiative 2009, New York
CAN EUROPE BE SAVED?
CHURCH SUPPORTING POLITICS
CONGO-KINSHASA, A REMARKABLE CONFERENCE
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF AFRICA
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF AMSTERDAM
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF AUSTRALIA
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF BELGIUM
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF BRAZIL
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF FRANCE
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF HUNGARY
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF KOREA
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF SOUTH AFRICA
CORPORATE IDENTITY of SWEDEN
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF THE USA
COVERING AN AREA WITH PRAYER
Dialogue with Jacques Ellul
DURBAN II ≈ EVIAN III; NEW ANTISEMITISM
EUROPA – AFRIKA; Indrukwekkende Conferentie
EUROPA – AFRIKA; verzoeningsconferentie dvd
EUROPE - AFRICA; Berlin Congo I: Hist. Overview
EUROPE - AFRICA; Berlin Congo II: Report
EUROPE - AFRICA; Neo-Imperialism
Gebed voor de koning
GEBEDSBEDEKKING VAN EEN GEBIED
GOD'S COVENANT WITH ALL NATIONS
HOW TO DEFEND WHICH BORDERS OF ISRAEL?
ISRAEL’s RESPONSIBILITY 1
ISRAEL’s RESPONSIBILITY 2
ISRAEL’s RESPONSIBILITY 3
ISRAEL’s RESPONSIBILITY 4
Landbelofte of staatbelofte?
LOVING THE CITY GOD'S WAY
MIRACLES AT CITY SCALE
NATIVE AMERICANS, THREE DRAMA'S
NESTOR AFRICAN PRESIDENTS FORGIVES EUROPE
SLAVERY AND HEALING
SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
THE CITY AS BEAUTIFUL AS SHE COULD BE
THE CITY, AND WHY CITY PRAYER?
TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE PACIFIC
TWO CITIES DEDICATED TO KING JESUS
ÜBERSETZUNG THE NATIONS CALLED
VERZOENING MET NATIVE AMERICANS
WHY IS AFRICA SO POOR?
ZES LANDEN RIJNPROJECT
ZONDER VERZOENING GEEN TOEKOMST
Articles on Society:
A REVEALING UN-MEETING
A strategic assault on this generation of children
BOEK BOS ANTIDEMOCRATISCH?
CHILDREN OF THE WORLD TARGETED
COPENHAGEN – Five questions
COPENHAGEN - No bread from stones
Copenhagen, where do we go from here?
DE ANDERE AGENDA VAN DE DALAI LAMA
DE OLYMPISCHE SPELEN
EU: HUMANISME VERSUS “GOD”
EUROPA, WAAROM DIE NAAM?
EUROPE, WHAT'S IN THE NAME?
EVROPA - CO SKRÝVÁ TO JMÉNO?
EYPΩΠH, TI KPYBETAI ΣTO ONOMA
HER-MYTHOLOGISERING INTERNATIONALE POLITIEK?
Informed intercession for the UN
Jezus dienaar van Moeder Aarde?
KERK-STAAT VERHOUDING 1
KERK-STAAT VERHOUDING 2
KERK-STAAT VERHOUDING 3 (EU-Referendum)
KERK-STAAT VERHOUDING 4
Massa op Malieveld; nee toch?
MICRO FINANCING AND GRACE
MONDIALE SCHUDDINGEN I
MONDIALE SCHUDDINGEN II
Obama 1: Obama en het leven
Obama 2: Door Obama een les voor de kerk
PRAYING FOR THE G8
PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 0 OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS?
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 1: CHURCH-STATE/GOD-STATE
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 2: GOD-STATE LINK IN OUR TIME
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 3: EU AND UN “COVENANTS”
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 4:GOD-STATE IN NEAR FUTURE
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 5: WHAT ABOUT GOD’S MASTER PLAN
THINKING AND BELIEVING IN THE CHURCH
THINKING, BELIEVING AND SCIENCE
UN-DUURZAAMHEIDS TOP IN JOHANNESBURG
WHAT HAPPENS AT UN CONFERENCES?
WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
A NATION AS A TREE?
Belijden van de zonden van je land?
BIDDEN VOOR HOOGGEPLAATSTEN
BLOED SCHREEUWT VAN DE AARDE
GODEN DER VOLKEN
'GODS OF THE NATIONS'
HERSTEL VAN HET ALTAAR
HET KRUIS VAN JEZUS
JEZUS KOMT - drie voordrachten
NBV, COMMENTAAR OP ÉÉN ASPECT
OOK TOPCONFERENTIES IN DE BIJBEL GAAN OVER VOLKEN
THE CROSS OF JESUS
THE GLORY OF HIERARCHY
TITHING AND ETERNITY
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF THE USA
by: Pieter Bos
The Corporate Identity of the USA
General about Corporate Identity (CI).
Throughout the Bible peoples, tribes and nations, and also cities,are spoken of as very important to God's plan, and they are spoken of and treated as corporate personalities: they have an identity,they are addressed as "Virgin Daughter Judah, Virgin DaughterBabylon", they are held responsible for their actions, they are covenanted, they will be judged and they can be redeemed.
The theology for this understanding can be found in chapter 3 of my book "The City Called; Theology of the city and her Redemption."
These "corporate persons" are created in the image of God. The CORPORATE IDENTITY of a corporate personality is
a. the expression of God's character in that personality, because of which it contains
b. her destiny in God and
c. her redemptive gift to her fellow peoples.
Through the fall and the effects thereof, this (corporate) identity has been distorted and corrupted. Each individual person of a people group reflects more or less the CI of that group; a substantial part of his personality is rooted in his corporate personality.
Throughout the Bible we find nations and cities "named" (Jer 8:5; Hos 2:23; Hos 1:9; Isa 41:8; Deut 9:24; Isa 13:19; Jer 50:12,31,32; Isa 47:1; Rev 18:5; Isa 19:25; Isa 10:5).
The way to discern the Corporate identity of a nation.
I found the identities presented in these Monographs through Bible study, corporate prayer, waiting on God, and through posing all sorts of related questions to spiritual and secular leaders in these nations. These questions concerned both the true and the corrupted expressions of the corporate identities, both in hero's and in facts, both historically and contemporarily. Of course the examples are selective, but all of the monographs presented have been discussed
in the very nations over and over. All suggested corporate identities are open for further study.
Through years of travelling a long list of CI's has developed and refined. I have found, that the inevitable generalisation in this approach does not make void the general use of this concept. In case the reader might think what he reads about other peoples applies, but for his own people not really "because it is too general," then I am confident. It is always a surprise how other peoples perceive you, especially when you are not accustomed to thinking at peoples scale
Purpose of these monographs
First of all: Just reading the Corporate Identities gives a new joy of the manifold wisdom and character of God, our Lord Creator, the Shepherd of the Nations.
Second: These monographs should not be used to feed prejudices against peoples that one has already. Rather use these monographs to pray hope and destiny into the peoples.
Third: We should start to accept that there are differences between peoples. Suppressing the experience of differences between peoples works in the end very negative. Understanding the original divine given corporate destiny of peoples, and their distortions, and the possibility of redemption, will open new dimensions of ommunication, unity and cooperation. This is my experience in many nations since 1990. Even stronger: with this understanding I could help many people in many nations to accept and love their own nation, both where they suffered from anti(American)nism or national inferiority or discrimination.
Corporate Identity of the USA: ADVENTUROUS LEADER.
God was for sure adventurous, both in his creation plan and in his redemption plan; so was Jesus in his coming to dwell among humanity. And he is for sure a leader, even the "Pioneer and Perfecter of our Salvation."
Positive expression, historically and at present; typical persons:
In the church: The church of the US has taken worldwide leadership in world evangelisation; movements such as AD 2000, with its subsequent "tracks" bear fruit worldwide. Several international evangelistic organisations, like OM and YOUTH WITH A MISSION, are originally American, with worldwide fruit.
In society: Leadership is something natural for Americans. Even the whole terminology of leadership, leadership styles, leadership training, leadership manuals, etc., etc., is typical American. "I can do that," "You can do that," "Go for it," are typical American sayings. Small girls are cheerleaders; boys are impregnated by the idea of establishing and leading a big company, or setting a foot on a moon yet to be reached. Competition fits very well in Adventurous Leadership; rather: Adventurous Leadership has made America highly competitive; and the celebration of celebrities in America is almost a cult.
The question whether the necessary attitude of the early settlers has caused this Corporate Identity is not relevant here: modern Canada* was also established by settlers, but her CI is almost opposite (and much American-Canadian sensitivities are the result).
Negative expression: historically and at present; typical persons:
In general: The corrupt side of Adventurous Leadership, or, as another foreigner after living nine years in the US had observed: "Dynamic Entrepreneur " is "Presumptuous Leadership": the boss is right; do not question the boss. Internationally this expresses along this line: Americans tend to think that their leadership is the best: "When an American has not done it, it has not yet been done." They evaluate other nationalities on the basis whether they have leadership quality or not. In other words: they tend to measure other nationalities against their own standards, and often do not mind to value cultural qualities of other nations or cultures. The effect is a cultural insensitivity, which the Americans
do not experience themselves (at the most it frustrates them), but it has caused a worldwide anti-Americanism. The fact the American leadership often is the best, does not matter in this discussion.
I have discovered this CI by working very intensely with Americans in Europe and through travelling in the US, and, to be honest, through some intense irritation of the presumptuousness of Americans, even to the point that God told me, in a missionary setting, to make a public confession of my pre-occupation. That was God's way to force me to wonder the redeemed version of Presumptuous Leadership
might be, and accept and then also love Americans, redeemed in their American-ness or not yet redeemed.
In the church: In the church this distortion of God-given Adventurous Leadership has become evident in cross cultural missions: American missionaries who were spiritually mature enough to obey the Lord to go abroad, but who had not yet discovered their American-ness, let alone letting it be (the beginning of) redeemed, and in this way unknowingly forcing a type of leadership on peoples with a completely different understanding of leadership, or people without outspoken concept of leadership, but with great understanding of servant hood or of spiritual authority!
In society: The type of leadership inside the States itself is rather top-down: the boss is right. Also the (extreme) competition in the US culture results from a corruption of her CI, to the detriment of the marketplace, the political arena and the education system. Another corruption is individualism: going your own way, because leadership is "better" than being led.
US - Russia
Some comparisons between the US and Russia* may shed more light.
Very briefly I give "the CI of Russia: GLORIOUS RULER, TEACHER KING (<-> Tyrant and teacher of tyranny).
Two large nations: I am convinced that God made these two nations so large and powerful, because He wanted to show forth some very beautiful aspects of his Own Leadership and Ruler ship qualities to the whole world and on a grand scale.
Language learning: People of both nations are very eloquent. Internationally the corruption of both the American and the Russian CI leads to "linguistic imperialism": America and Russia have forced many peoples to learn their language. This is a terrible sin: Learning another language means: to humble yourself to the toddler stage and "start all over again." In going cross cultural, it is either-or: either the foreigner humbles himself and "toddlers" into the host culture, or: the foreigner forces his host to a toddler stage and makes a little America/Russia around himself, where he is the eloquent Leader. For a long-term
missionary this behaviour is of course very contradictory to the mission he has.
Violence: American corrupted leadership leads to individual
violence -exported through the film industry-; Russian corrupted
leadership leads to collective violence -exported through her political
system-. Both corrupted CI's pollute the whole world.
US - Russian confrontations: numerous are American-Russian
frustrations: Americans are achievement oriented, Russians are rank
oriented. Americans are team workers, Russians are delegators. Americans
think in horizontal relationships, Russians think in hierarchical