Schools should form good citizens, and forming good citizens includes fostering patriotism. You form patriots by letting students see all that has been done and form their own judgments about what was just and good, what was unjust and evil. Trust them to make the right judgments. They will.
I am running for school board because I feel a responsibility to speak up. This will take some explaining, including a walk down memory lane, if you will indulge me, but I promise I will get to the point before too much of your time is wasted. The bicentennial of the United States was aContinue reading “Why speak up?”
When the Fourth of July falls on a Sunday, Christians need to be careful about how they relate patriotism and worship.
I am appalled but not surprised when President Trump asserts that people who want to make America live up to its promise are people who hate America and want to destroy it. After all, he himself, after his own perverse understanding of the definition of good, wants to “make America great again,” which inevitably impliesContinue reading “America, be what you are!”
When I was a kid, we had Nixon. His first election was 1968, when I was 10. His reelection was 1972. Of course after that he went down because the Watergate event ended up unwrapping him and putting his deeper character on display. We thought he was one thing—a bulwark against communism abroad, a bulwarkContinue reading “The year of f/u”
It is possible to be both a patriot and a Christian. It is not possible to confuse patriotism with Christianity and still be truly Christian. It is possible to love both God and country. To become confused about which love is absolute, and which conditioned upon the absolute, is to become an idolater or aContinue reading “Can a Christian be a patriot?”