Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Fourth and The Church

I am unduly proud that Rev. Witherspoon, a Presbyterian (and a Scot), was the only pastor to sign the Declaration of Independence. I am unduly proud of the fact that an alleged collateral ancestor was a signer. I am proud to be an American. I know that I am blessed and graced to have been born in this country where freedom is so important. I know that I have been blessed to have been born in a place where gender does not limit (much) who I am and what I do. Almost always at some point in a trip abroad, I look around and know how fortunate I am to be a citizen of the US.

I do not believe that the Fourth of July is a Christian holy day. I do not believe American flags belong in churches. I do not believe patriotic music on the Fourth belongs in church. I believe as Christians our first allegiance is to God as revealed in Christ. I believe that to celebrate the Fourth of July in church is to confuse patriotism with Christianity.


Jules said...


(Now what can we do about the argument that to not celebrate Independence Day in the church "insults the poor veterans"? I'm not saying it is a valid argument, just a pervasive one.)

Robin said...


Jennifer said...

Amen. Amen.

Rev. Sharon said...

This. Yes. I completely agree.

I can already hear the yelling from certain quarters... but yep.