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Jesus Wasn't American—Neither Is The Bible
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

Unfortunately, American values are often completely in conflict with the Gospel of Jesus. We point to the Bible and use verses like Romans 13:1-7 to show that it’s actually God-ordained to submit to our gover ...

Security State Superheroes
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins To build a new world, sometimes you have to tear the old one down. THE CLASSIC COMIC book hero ...

An Antidote to Religious Strife in Egypt: Nationalism
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

After decades of polarization along religious lines, Christians and Muslims in Egypt are coming together to rally behind their flag. After decades of polarization along religious ...

Re-Imagining Patriotism
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Somewhere along the way, the idea seeped into our national consciousness that patriotism and political criticism could no longer coexist. I was five years old on Independence Day ...

Why I Love My Country
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 3:04pm | Type: Press

July 3, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

July 4th and the Table of Demons
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

For Jehovah’s Witnesses, the trouble with patriotism is twofold: 1) it tempts us to equate God and nation, and 2) it provides a sacred cover for violence. On July 4 th  I will b ...

Why I Love My Country
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

I don’t love when my country acts out of greed and only for power, or with blatant hypocrisy, or like an empire. The gospel has never lived easily with empire. What do I love ab ...

My Country ’Tis of Thee: Evangelicals Score Highest on Patriotism
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

When it comes to God and country, white evangelicals report the strongest levels of patriotic feelings in a new poll, with more than two-thirds (68 percent) saying they are extremely proud to be an American. ...

Memory, Identity, and the Fourth of July
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

There are moments, before and after the Revolution, that we mutually agree to forget in order to plant hands to hearts and let tears fall on the fourth day of the seventh month every year. ...

Loving Our Country By Facilitating Opportunity
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

I love our country and the people in it. I admit that I have received many more opportunities than I deserve. I am ready to facilitate opportunities for others. When I first met ...

In God We Trust
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

As leaders providing spiritual guidance in a country that is often associated with strong nationalistic tendencies, offering a word that speaks to the messy relationship between “God and Country” is a task tha ...

'We're the Greatest': Empty Boast or Call to Action?
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 8:44pm | Type: Blog

Some people who say America's the greatest really believe that we have the best health care, the best education, the highest incomes, the most liberty, the least corruption, and the most opportunities to ...

The America I Love
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

Vignettes from a Midwestern summer baseball game. It’s a hot summer evening in a Midwestern town. The grass is glimmering in the bright lights, contrasting with the brown dirt of ...

Christian Patriotism: Love for the 'Other'
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

When you hold yourself up as somehow favored in the eyes of God, it’s easy to hold those you deem as less favored to be somehow “less than,” and to dehumanize all who do not conform to your custom-built ideal ...

Mormons and Patriotism
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

As Americans celebrate the nation’s founding, some Mormons may outdo their neighbors in fireworks, fanfare, and frenzy to express their outsized patriotism. SALT LAKE CITY — As Am ...

Liberals Must Talk About God and Country with Heart
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

Conservatives often resort to name-calling in the absence of debate, but liberals ignore whole categories of discussion. Like patriotism and religion. Well, it's time we got over that. ...

Anti-American Christian
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

If being American means finding my identity in the nation and situating my ethics in my loyalty to it, then as a Christian I have no choice but to be anti-American. I’ll admit, I ...

A Call to Civil Disobedience Against the Keystone Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher was sentenced recently to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine for disrupting a federal oil and gas lease auction in 2008 that was later deemed illegal. ...

WikiLeaks and Government Responsibility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Since <a href="http://wikileaks.org/" target="_blank">WikiLeaks</a> released the first of the leaked government cables for public viewing, the outcry regarding the act has been ...

It Takes a Movement: Why Politics is Frozen Solid
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

Patriotism and Idolatry
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This meditation is part of a dialog on Patheos.com about the question, &q ...

On Glenn Beck and the Restoring Honor Rally (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When the nation is the object of one's highest concern; when national documents are considered holy scripture; when the nation's founders and historical figures are lifted to the status of demi-god ...

Religious Freedom and the Mosque and Community Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In a unanimous vote yesterday New York City's historic landmarks commission voted to withhold historic protection from the downtown building slated to become a Muslim community center (called Park5 ...

No Other Gods
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Celeste Kennel-Shank Why national flags don't belong in church. When I first heard the announcement to ri ...

Flag vs. Font: Pledging Our Allegiance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<span style="color: #000000;">"You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own forever." (The Book of Common Prayer) " ...

Why Christianity and July 4th May Be Compatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This past Fourth of July weekend, I reflected on Kurt Willems' <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/02/why-christianity-and-july-4th-are-incompatible/">recent post</a>, which had a ...

Confusing our Kids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I catch up on my news in the airport. Yesterday I watched this obscure story about a second grader in Rhode Island who wore a baseball cap to school with soldiers carrying guns on the front. ...

Bloody Sunday and Telling the Truth
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/16/an-astonishing-apology-in-the-house-of-commons/"></a>For 14 people in my homeland, northern Ireland -- a place whose divisions are so ful ...

Arizona's Questionable Track Record on Race: MLK Day, Banning Ethnic Studies, and Regulating Accents
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It wasn't that long ago that the state of Arizona did not recognize, in fact went out of its way to criticize, the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It wasn't t ...

Coal Mines, Potato Salad, and Damn Good People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The unfolding coal mine disaster in West Virginia has me constantly checking the news for updates on the plight of our fellow Americans who are victims of this latest tragedy.</p> ...

A Covenant for Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. Honest di ...

Mennonite College Follows First Playing of National Anthem with St. Francis' Peace Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

From the beginning, <a href="../2010/03/01/mennonite-college-will-now-play-national-anthem-before-sporting-events/">I opposed Goshen's landmark decision </a>to play the national anth ...

Peace is Patriotic: Anabaptists and the National Anthem
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

The recent decision by Goshen (IN) College to begin playing an instrumental version of the U.S. The recent decision by Goshen (IN) College to begin playing an instrumental version ...

Mennonite College Will Now Play National Anthem Before Sporting Events
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Goshen (Ind.) College recently <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/20/AR2010022002035_pf.html">unveiled its landmark decision</a> to play the national an ...

My 'Daniel Fast'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Sometimes things get so bad that you really don't know what to say or do. When that happens, it's a good time to fast and pray. Sometimes things get so bad that you real ...

MLK and the Supreme Court: Why Campaign Finance Reform is a Civil Rights Issue
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/Washington-DC/9784402_5Kps2#663712345_UfZ3C"></a>This week started off by honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and is ending with a ...

For God and Country (in that Order)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Nobody today will be able to celebrate our many veterans without the <a href="http://www.google.com/news/more?pz=1&amp;cf=all&amp;ncl=dGVEwVrxusKklQMKSmmL9hfvxDoyM&amp;topic=h">memo ...

Freedom from Fear in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There comes a moment when we can say a word or speak a concept so often that it loses meaning and simply becomes sound. The concept becomes exhausted, thin, one-dimensional. Ther ...

An Evangelical Who Doesn't Like Sarah Palin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I was doing a workout anyway, so I decided to watch Sarah Palin's farewell address while pumping away on the elliptical machine. I was doing a workout anyway, so I decided to ...

The Language of Peace
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rosalie Riegle Contesting Patriotism: Culture, Power, and Strategy in the Peace Movement, by Lynne M. Woehrle, Patrick G. Coy, and Gregory ...

A Christian Argument for Progressive Taxation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Wednesday morning, at 9 a.m. sharp, I took my tax payment to the local post office. When I handed it to the clerk, she said, "I hate tax day." I replied, "Not me. ...

Might Will Never Make Right In Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I consider myself a peacemaker and a patriot. I come from a long line of warriors and military servicemen. I consider myself a peacemaker and a patriot. I come from a long line of ...

American First, Christian Second?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Recently, I watched an ongoing <em>New York Times</em> online report by Jennifer Steinhauer and Ben Werschkul called <a title="http://video.on.nytimes.com/?fr_story=5aac1546381f300674da8a59 ...

Beaching
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Donald W. Shriver Jr. From far-out depths they come, swell swelling swell, 'til cresting they salute the sky and tumble toward ...

The Demon Drink
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger I was haunted by the King of Beers. I confess that I did a double take. At 65 mph I sidled u ...

Name Calling and Dissent
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 6:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kenneth B. Mayne PETER GOMES, as usual, stops short of the whole counsel of scripture ("Patriotism is Not Enough," January-Febru ...

Us and Them
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 6:24pm | Type: Magazine Article

Karen Heaphey WHILE I AM sympathetic to the general point Gerald W. WHILE I AM sympathetic to the general po ...

Jesus for President
Originally Posted: 07/09/2014 - 3:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michael J. Gorman I STRONGLY agree with Gerald Schlabach's commentary ("We Pledge Allegiance...") on allegiance and the is ...

Patriotism is Not Enough
Originally Posted: 05/19/2011 - 2:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Peter J. Gomes Christian conscience in a time of war. This fall I was in a large suburban Presbyterian church ...

We Pledge Allegiance. . .
Originally Posted: 07/09/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Gerald Schlabach In a time of crisis, uncertainty, and policy debate, one would think that Christians in the United States would agree ...