A Veteran’s Thoughts on Veterans Day

Service to one’s country through the various military branches is an honorable thing. The branches act, under the government's authority, to preserve the peace and to protect the citizenry from threats foreign and domestic. They are servants, not unlike police officers or firefighters, who are willing to risk their lives for the country and for a paycheck.At the risk of offense, I want to say that no one would serve in the military for very long if they didn't get paid. Not unless there was a … [Read more...]

The Separation of Church and Patriotism

There are several songs in the back of our Baptist Hymnal that are listed under the heading of "Patriotic", including "The Star-Spangled Banner", "America the Beautiful", "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", and my personal favorite, "O Canada". Why is that one my favorite? Because I think it proves the point of why we shouldn't sing any of these songs during a worship service. If it is inappropriate to sing "O Canada" in Alabama while worshipping the Lord of All the Nations, then why is it okay to sing … [Read more...]