Worth Pondering

Way to busy for second installment of sports and theology post, but ran across this quote from Bob Ekblad while doing some research for Sunday’s sermon on Revelation.  Was a little disappointed by this book overall when I read it earlier this year, but he does have some pretty provocative stuff sprinkled throughout, and saw I had marked this one and decided to share:

“In the United States, Americans are regularly invited throughout the year to commemorate national and personal traumas related to war on Veteran’s Day, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and September 11, when Americans are encouraged to ‘never forget.’  It is not difficult to see how these holidays can strengthen allegiances to the national spirit U.S.A. or to instituations like the U.S. Armed Forces, the presidency, the American dream, or other nonhuman entities.  Commemorations of wars, invasions, terrorists attacks, and veterans punctuate the year like an ecclesiastical liturgical calendar (Advent, Christmas, Easter, Pentecost), functioning like civil rites or even ‘worship’ celebrations that can end up strengthening spirits like national pride, hatred of national enemies, and superiority to the point that unhealthy ties to the spirit of the nation become entrenched.  Bondage to a national spirit is especially strengthened through remembering traumatic events that involved the shedding of blood.”

A New Christian Manifesto: Pledging Allegiance to the Kingdom of God p. 116 – 117

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