The Weekly Herald: Patriotism, Faith & The Fourth Of July

This week:  The U S of A is celebrating its 245th birthday. Let's talk about this nation's history, the role that Christianity has played, and more!

THE FOUNDING FATHERS, DEISM, AND CHRISTIANITY

For some time the question of the religious faith of the Founding Fathers has generated a culture war in the United States. Scholars trained in research universities have generally argued that the majority of the Founders were religious rationalists or Unitarians.

Pastors and other writers who identify themselves as Evangelicals have claimed not only that most of the Founders held orthodox beliefs but also that some were born-again Christians.

Whatever their beliefs, the Founders came from similar religious backgrounds >>>

 


 

SHOULD WE CELEBRATE THE FOURTH OF JULY IN CHURCHES?

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. Even now American churches are planning their Sunday service around it. Maybe they’ll include a patriotic hymn like “God Bless America” or the national anthem. Maybe men and women in uniform will parade the American flag down the center aisle.

I love patriotic music, fireworks on the National Mall, and the country they’re honoring. But I confess I’m not a fan of celebrating America inside Sunday’s sanctuary.

Because it just might work against Jesus’s Great Commission >>>

 


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ON JULY 4TH: TRUE & LASTING FREEDOM(S)

Lord Jesus, it’s the Fourth of July—a holiday set aside to remember and revel in the freedom we enjoy as citizens of America. As broken as she is, we’re still thankful for our country and for the privileges we enjoy.

But the gratitude we feel for our national citizenship pales in comparison with the joy generated by our citizenship in heaven >>>

 


QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."

Galatians 5:1