This study from thethoughtfulchristian.com looks at the role of patriotism in American life, exploring some of the tension created between the kind of patriotism that is high and noble and the kind that is divisive and disruptive. We’ll also pay attention to ways Christians might enhance the noble aspects and play down the divisive. Along the way we’ll hear some quotes from William Sloane Coffin and a poem by Andrea Gibson. Here are a couple of excerpts from the study guide:
“Because patriotism evokes strong emotions and yet confines its commitment to one particular nation, patriotism frequently creates a tension between what is high and noble and what can be divisive and disruptive. When patriotism requires absolute loyalty to but one particular country, it can conflict with a religious vision that includes compassion for all humanity.”
“In a democracy tolerance and respect for differences are necessary and legitimate aspects of love for country–the marks and fruits of true patriotism.”
If you would like to read the entire study guide before the session, simply contact the church office and we’ll email you a copy. We’ll meet from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.