Celebrating America’s Brexit

Celebrating America’s Brexit July 4, 2016

patriotism

Roger Wolsey shared the cartoon above. In my Sunday school class yesterday, I found myself pondering the question of how faith and patriotism relate to one another.  The matter is not as simple even as my own American Baptist tradition might seem to make it by advocating separation. I do think that “separation of church and state” is the best approach. But surely that doesn’t mean that Christians and other religious people ought not to discuss and participate in the political life of the nation. And so how to do that in a way that protects religious freedom can still be challenging.

It is interesting to reflect on our celebration of the Declaration of Independence made by the American colonies in relation to Britain, even as Britain has declared its independence from the European Union. Has anyone else noticed the odd juxtaposition and offered some thoughts on what we might learn by considering the two together?

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  • John MacDonald

    We had a debate in Canada a few years ago about whether to take “God” out of our national anthem (because it disenfranchised secular people), but it got voted down. The reason behind the vote wasn’t so much that religious people won the day, but rather that people were nostalgic for the old anthem. It isn’t odd in Canada for secular people to hold office, while I think our American neighbors seem to expect their candidates to express their faith.

  • Michael Wilson

    I think comparing brexit and independence day are bit far fetched. Britain had far more independence in the EU than the 13 colonies. I don’t think it is that substantial a change.

    I think that Christianity maintains that membership in the spiritual kingdom overrides familly and country so Christian ought to not get to caught up in patriotism. Sure we can like or customs institutions but devotion to God comes first. Articulating that in politics is a fine line.

    I think conservative Christians make the mistake of beleiving a state made mostly of Christians is a genuinly christian state and should act as a corporate Christian body. My belief is that no political body can be Christian and the Christian body can never be a state. It must be a parallel structure that doesn’t oppose the state nor submit to it. It is a fine line if one believes Christians can take part in government. Christians are called to mercy, but Caesar is called to justice. Would a Christian Ukrainian president in response to Putin taking Crimea offer up eastern Ukraine to as a Christian is to offer their coat to the one who takes their cloak?

    I think Christians must consider the impact of giving noit just on themselves but any non Christians in their society and also remember that even the states mercy is administered with swords. Christ does not ask Christians to beat or imprison Christians that don’t live up to his ideals.