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When You Should Take a Knee and Take a Stand
When You Should Take a Knee and Take a Stand

By: Greg DeLoach
Professional athletes taking a knee during the national anthem have created an uproar. As followers of Jesus, and not football, there are times to take a knee. It's an act of submission to a greater power and a sign of humility.

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How You Can Phase Out Nationalistic Worship and Survive
How You Can Phase Out Nationalistic Worship and Survive

By: Roger Olson
For some churches, their patriotic God-and-country worship service at Independence Day is a proverbial sacred cow. How can pastors phase out these nationalistic worship services without losing their pulpits?

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There Is No Greater Love: A Memorial Day Tribute
There Is No Greater Love: A Memorial Day Tribute

By: Michael Helms
Memorial Day is important because we give pause from our busy lives and are asked to remember the price paid by men and women for our freedom. It slips away the moment we take it for granted.

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This Memorial Day, Don't Blur Line Between God, Nation
This Memorial Day, Don't Blur Line Between God, Nation

By: Starlette McNeill
Churches will observe Memorial Day many ways, from no observance to full-fledged patriotic services. While love of God and country should not be in competition, a healthy distance should separate them.

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3 Principles to Help You Navigate Memorial Day Service
3 Principles to Help You Navigate Memorial Day Service

By: Charles McGathy
The Memorial Day worship service can fill worship leaders with dread. The challenge is to focus worship on the Prince of Peace while realizing many in the church expect patriotic elements in the service.

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When Communities Form by Demonizing Outsiders
When Communities Form by Demonizing Outsiders

By: Ron Rolheiser
Many churches and civic communities forge a bond within their own ranks by demonizing others, but that path is neither the way of Jesus nor the way of human maturity.

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The Danger When We Make God Our Tribal Deity
The Danger When We Make God Our Tribal Deity

By: Ron Rolheiser
Thanks to innate narcissism, false patriotism and a propensity for tribalism, many of us believe that God has specially blessed us, but God doesn't value some races and some countries more than others.

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Why We've Abandoned Life, Liberty and Happiness
Why We've Abandoned Life, Liberty and Happiness

By: Wade Smith
Our nation is polarized, angry and fearful. Political rhetoric and vitriol continue to escalate. Our fear has robbed us of how to live. We've forgotten the meaning of liberty and the joy of pursuing happiness.

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Racial Prejudice, Racism Intertwined with Baseball
Racial Prejudice, Racism Intertwined with Baseball

By: Grace Ji-Sun Kim and W. Mark Koenig
While baseball in the U.S. has challenged prejudices and stereotypes and seen some elements of racism dismantled, racial prejudice and racism have also intertwined with our national pastime.

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Why Your Passport Makes Promise It Can't Claim
Why Your Passport Makes Promise It Can't Claim

By: Martin Accad
With a passport, the world is yours - at least that's what the slogan claims. After all, the world belongs to the Lord, and we are to be stewards. And many are denied the benefits of citizenship.

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Why Colonial Baptists Were Reluctant Patriots
Why Colonial Baptists Were Reluctant Patriots

By: Thomas Kidd
While Baptists were reluctant supporters of the colonists' war for independence from Great Britain, they also saw an opportunity for attaining religious freedom for everyone.

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Family, Patriotism Strongly Influence Self-Identity
Family, Patriotism Strongly Influence Self-Identity

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Religious faith is a distant third behind the influence of family and patriotism on self-identity in the United States, a recent survey conducted by The Barna Group says.

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6 Commitments if You're a Patriotic Christian
6 Commitments if You're a Patriotic Christian
By: Ircel Harrison
There's a lot of posturing about who is patriotic today, but what does it mean for a Christian to be a national patriot while being a citizen of the Kingdom of God?
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Caution, Courage Needed to Plan Fourth of July Worship
Caution, Courage Needed to Plan Fourth of July Worship
Our country has a checkered history when it comes to conflating nationalism with Christianity. Baptists, however, have a proud history of standing for church-state separation.
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Patriotism in Worship: The Fine Art of Compromise
Patriotism in Worship: The Fine Art of Compromise

A simmering debate rages on the matter of expressed patriotism evidenced by the display of the U.S. flag within a house of worship. Is a workable compromise possible?

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Waving the Flag and Preaching the Gospel
Waving the Flag and Preaching the Gospel
Observing the Fourth of July during worship carries the risk of diluting the gospel's power. These texts will help you lend a distinctively Christian voice to celebrate our nation's independence.
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How to Plan Patriotic Sundays for Your Church
How to Plan Patriotic Sundays for Your Church
On Independence Day, some churches combine worship and civic celebration in incredibly tacky ways. But it can be done in a way to remind all where true liberty originates.
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True Freedom Will Create Society of Justice
True Freedom Will Create Society of Justice
True freedom is more than showing our patriotism. It involves establishing a society based on equal rights for all, economic justice, compassion and charity.
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Muslims and Supporters Protest Congressional Hearings
NEW YORK (RNS) When Anam Chaudhry sang the national anthem she wore a Muslim headscarf, and around her shoulders, another garment: the American flag.
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Patriotism Means Building Community
Patriotism Means Building Community
Patriotism plays a valuable and healthy role in forming, preserving and enriching a sense of community among Americans. While we have vast religious diversity, we can be unified to the principles upon which the nation is built.
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Do We Guard Our Privileges or Share Our Blessings?
Do We Guard Our Privileges or Share Our Blessings?
Too many Baptists in America are more concerned about preserving the privileges of their nationality than with sharing the blessings of the good news about God's love for all people.
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