July 4th Independence Sunday?

Michael J. Gorman has an interesting post regarding this Sunday, July 4th titled This is NOT Independence Sunday (reprise).  Take a minute to read and see what you think.

For those wondering what I think…I believe it is acceptable to recognize with grattitude good that has been accomplished by America and then give God the glory.  I do not believe it is appropriate to worship America.  I hope and pray that Christians know the difference between the two.  However, I am more and more concerned that some, perhaps many, Christians living in America no longer know such difference.

2 responses to “July 4th Independence Sunday?

  1. This makes me think of the Seventh Ecumenical Council in which it was hammered out that there are levels of honor that we accord things according to the degree of honor that they merit.

    To honor one’s Nation is an extension of the Commmandment to honor one’s mother and one’s father. So ‘doulia’ is in order for the Nation. The Council reserved ‘hyperdoulia’ for the Virgin Mary and latreia, only for God.

    The degrees of honor get hammered out in experience and theology in congregations within that ancient Tradition, but for other Christian traditions that haven’t been around as long, there is a matter of having to re-invent the wheel.

    • Ben, that is interesting. I did not know that about the 7th Ecumenical Council. I actually struggle with this whole issue a lot because I am very much aware of the political offense created by the early Christians as they refused to speak of Caesar as “Lord”, “Christ”, and “King” but instead proclaimed a man crucified by the Romans (in conspiracy with Jewish authorities) as the Lord, Christ, and King. And I am one who believe more and more that the “conversion” of Constantine had serious reprecussions for how God’s mission was understood and lived out by the church (but that is another issue).

      Grace and peace,


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