“I was recently talking with a friend about Memorial Day and how evangelical churches neglected Pentecost and decided to celebrate Memorial Day instead. It’s strange to us that evangelical churches neglect historic church holidays…but instead choose to celebrate American holidays. Both of us are grateful for those who have served, but at the same time we feel uncomfortable with recognizing America over the beautiful day that God poured out his Holy Spirit on so many. Here are the thoughts that he wrote about that and I completely agree with him.”
Question: If you went to church last weekend, what holiday, if any, did your church acknowledge? If your church is like mine, you acknowledged Memorial Day and, hence, the U.S. military. Across the country last weekend, church projector screens donned digital American flags, choruses of God Bless America filled the rafters, and prayers were uttered thanking God for “those who, like Christ, have given their lives so that we might worship here in freedom today.” For many people and churches, this is standard operating procedure for patriotic holiday weekends, and it would seem strange, even offensive, not to honor those who have served in the military on such occasions.
Here’s my question, though. When we gather together to worship, as whom are we gathered? Are we gathered as citizens of the United States who happen to live in the same area and worship at the same church? If so, by…
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