Theologian Daniel Gushee gives his nuanced opinion on God and Country celebrations (and I love nuance). Here are the main points (but read it all):
- Americans lack civic spaces to celebrate our nation and roll out traditional patriotic music and rituals, and so they move inappropriately into church.
- Low-church Baptist worship services leave congregants with a hunger for liturgy, which is one reason why God-and-country extravaganzas are appealing to many.
- American patriotism is overidentified with war and the military.
- Christian celebrations of America tend to idolize the past and demonize the present.
thoughts from an American in Africa telling people that we are celebrating the birth of our democracy and how complex that idea really is. link
As we celebrate our nation's independence by destroying the inner linings of our stomach's with overeating, I cannot get away from Ben Fold's indictment of American over consumption in the song All U Can Eat. read the lyrics here and see the video here*. Below is the final line of the song.
God made us number one cause he loves us the best
Well maybe he should go bless someone else for a while, give us a rest
Just so everyone can see
We've eaten all that we can eat
*explicit lyrical content