Some 4th of July Food For Thought
Monday 4 July 2016 — Category: Thoughts
Three years ago I gave you a special 4th of July treat. This year, rather than feeding you a fun tidbit, I’m serving you some serious food for thought.
I haven’t been writing much on my Brian’s Bits blog these days, but five years ago I wrote a thought-provoking article called Unhappy Fourth of July. This is how is begins:
The Fourth of July. Today is the day when most Americans patriotically worship at the altar of democracy and freedom. When we reverentially sing “God bless America.” When we solemnly recite that we are “one nation under God.” When evangelical Christians renew their vow to “take America back for God,” and rededicate their efforts to turn America back to its “Christian roots.” The Fourth of July — a very august and hallowed day, to be sure!
Of course, I wrote a lot more than that — be sure to check it out. In that article, I reference a couple of compelling articles on the CNN Web site. One of them is Why I don’t sing the ‘Star Spangled Banner’. In it, Anabaptist Pastor Mark Schloneger wrote:
Following Jesus and the martyrs before us, we testify with our lives that freedom is not a right that is granted or defended with rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air. True freedom is given by God, and it is indeed not free. It comes with a cost, and it looks like a cross. These convictions do not reflect ingratitude or hatred for our country. Rather, they reflect a deep love for the church and a passionate desire for the church to be the church. I love my country, but I sing my loyalty and pledge my allegiance to Jesus alone.
The other related CNN article is Mourn on the Fourth of July: Inside the Christian anti-patriot movement.
On this 4th of July, in the midst of the increasing turmoil, tragedy and chaos in this country and around the world, I hope that you will take some time to ruminate on the food for thought presented in these articles. It may be more vital than you now realize.
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