Just my problem...


Dare I say it? I have a problem with displaying national flags in church. I love my country. I vote. I pay taxes, I've served in the military. I think I am a loyal and responsible citizen.

I love God, too. I worship God. I don't worship my country. I cherish its ideal of personal liberty. But this country I live in, like every empire, has also practiced genocide, enslavement, exploitation, oppression, and our national government has more often been guided by greed than by Grace.

I pray every day for Joseph our president, Roy our governor, and Fred our mayor, whether I'm in church or not. My first and abiding allegiance is to Christ.

Over the years, I've worshiped in four traditions, and except for one (Quaker), there has always been a flag in the building. It's just my problem, I know. One wrong note needn't spoil the song.

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    1. Meadow, my response might not hold up in orthodox circles, but in my experience, Christ is whoever and wherever the Love that holds the worlds together is embodied in lives, human and other than human. Right now, for me, Christ is you, calling for my "Yes."

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