The Ark of the Covenant had images from the Heavens. What about the bronze serpent that God ordered to be made. Jesus of course is the new bronze serpent on the pole.
God came in the flesh. How is seeing images of Jesus a violation of the 10 commandments (we number them differently)? Like I said, you are basing this entire doctrine off of a OT Proof Text from Kings that is descriptive vs pre-scripted.
Exceptionalism describes the perception of Massachusetts Bay colonists that as Puritans they were charged with a special spiritual and political destiny: to create in the New World a church and a society that would provide the model for all the nations of Europe as they struggled to reform themselves (a redeemer nation). . . . Thus America and Americans are special, exceptional, because they are charged with saving the world from itself and, at the same time, America and Americans must sustain a high level of spiritual, political and moral commitment to this exceptional destinymerica must be as "a city upon a hill" exposed to the eyes of the world. (Pp. 1)
May the LORD bless you and keep you
May the LORD make His face shed light upon you and be gracious unto you
May the LORD lift up His face unto you and give you peace
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