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Patriotism

The lines between patriotism and nationalism, between faith and civil religion, are exceedingly fine. Some will try to blur the lines and cross over to swaggering nationalism, but faithful patriots must guard the line with care. […] Read More

While Independence Day provides US churches with the opportunity to celebrate religious liberty, they must be careful to not cross the line and transform their worship services into a patriotic pep rally. […] Read More

White supremacy, nationalism and racism threaten many people of faith. Those of us undeniably privileged by our culture at birth must use that privilege to benefit those who do not move through the world as easily as we do. […] Read More

There’s a time and place for honoring the U.S. flag, but church is for worshipping God alone. Pastors who want to remove the flag from the sanctuary often face angry members, raising serious concerns about idolatry. […] Read More

After the announcement of Nike’s deal with former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, his critics continue to focus on the means of his protest instead of looking at the problem he’s been protesting. […] Read More

Our national anthem honors a damaged flag that persevered. So too our democracy – and our nation – will survive and persevere if we commit ourselves to help it more fully live up to its ideals. […] Read More

Nationalism means putting country above humanity, while patriotism means putting humanity ahead of country and self. We must never allow the former to be equated with the latter. […] Read More

Are you an American Christian or a Christian American? The difference is important and has everything to do with which part of your identity comes first. […] Read More

Once upon a time, Vacation Bible School (VBS) lasted a week, took place in the morning and featured a highly structured opening assembly. During the assembly, the pianist would play a “stand-up chord” (a major lift) and a “sit-down chord” (a minor fall) to signal us when we were to stand up or sit down. […] Read More

An NFL player, self-identified as a devout Christian, decided to “take a knee” during the playing of the national anthem last season. It was a silent protest on behalf of Black Lives Matter. He is biracial and was raised by white parents. I can only assume that matters of race are acutely and personally important […] Read More