Thursday, July 07, 2005

You Might Be a Paleoevangelical If . . . (#3)

. . . you read a message on a church marquee that says, "Patriotic Worship Celebration July 3rd," and you spend the rest of the day wondering exactly what they were worshiping and celebrating last Sunday.

3 comments:

jon said...

My family viewed a fireworks display from a local "New Life Community Church's" parking lot (founded by four Liberty grads and now bordering on mega church). They jammed to "R-O-C-K in the USA," hoisted the stars and bars, passed out free drinks, and had all kinds of family fun activities. It was a great outreach to the community (the motives are probably pure), but the Gospel gets lost in all the noise. Being a follower of Jesus is just another patriotic thing to do....

Matt Black said...

We usually do not take part in anything that mixes patriotism and worship. If the church has an outreach with a patriotic theme outside of the context of a worship service, we are glad to join in. Though we love our country and our national anthem, I do not see how it glorifies God to sing "O say can you see" in a service dedicated to God's worship. We do honor our country and our flag, but we like to keep it in the right context. If I announced that we were having a patriotic service here in Spain on Spanish Constitution Day, our people would think I just hopped off of a spaceship. I guess I'm a paleoevangelical.

Matthew Black
Madrid, Spain
www.ibfmadrid.org

Josh said...

I guess I might be a Paleoevangelical. I share your lament. Why do we so drape the cross with the flag? People are drawn out by thoughts of America and patriotic themes move them. Why doesn't the cross have this same impact? We get goosebumps when we hear the National Anthem, but why don't we get goosebumps when we hear "Be Thou My Vision"? To the average Christian the cross seems less real, less relevant, less meaningful than Old Glory. M