So . . . yesterday marked my one year anniversary for starting the old God, Superman, and Buckeyes blog. Thanks to all of you who check here frequently and offer your two cents on occassion. It has proved to be a great format to share pictures with family, share ideas with friends, and even meet a few people along the way. All in all, it has been quite the blessing. I am absolutely amazed at the maze of blog rings one can get sucked into as you travel the blogs out there. I have seen just how many people there are out there writing about similar things that I do. It’s a great way to see the way God is working. His diversity is evident as well (there are many more folks out there who think much differently than I.)
Mary Beth and I are in a small group that meets on Thursday nights. Tonight we have finally made it to Romans 13. That should be a fun chapter and spur plenty of thoughts and conversation (it’s about submitting to the authorities and such). I, unfortunately, have some way some how come out a little differently than most when it comes to this issue (in other words, I’m not the most patriotic person in the world). I love my country, but the way so many Christians blindly worship the “empire,” frankly scares me a bit. This sounds like a crazy, liberal idea, but it is actually quite rooted in my tradition. I was excited to see David Lipcomb’s Civil Government online in it’s entirety. If what I say in this post angers you at all, you should check out Lipscomb’s book. It will challenge the way you view the society in which you serve.
Michael W. Smith (a Christian artist I love and respect immensely) really disappointed me by including a song about the American flag on his worship album. Following incredible worship songs about the blood of Jesus and the sovereignty of God there is a idol-ridden song about the red, white, and blue (I can feel the arrows already coming at me as I write this). Since September 11, 2001, churches in this country have become increasingly more imperialistic and blindly follow the “empire” guised in language of “right” and “justice.”
I think all Christians would be well-served to read Lipscomb’s book and consider the implactions moving from the context of Civil War in which he originally wrote to our age of “terrorism” and see how that might influence our relationship within the civil society. Frankly I am disturbed with the ease that Americana has found its way into the church. Examples: an elderly person at our church (whom I love and admire greatly) sports a lapel pin in the shape of the cross adorned with red, white, and blue stripes and stars. What does the cross have to do with the American flag? I’m afraid we are too quick to defend our country without critically considering the implications of our imperialistically minded theology that is, in my opinion, contrary to the Gospel.
OK . . . when I sat down to write this, I did not intend to write so much . . . I’ll pick up on this subject later . . . and I’ll be shocked if there aren’t many who have opinions to share . . . and I welcome them. This is nothing I am hellbent on . . . but it is something that has for whatever reason become prominent in my thinking lately.
PS. Our first winterstorm is on its way so be prepared for some great pictures!