Do non-U.S. Christians say "God Bless America?"

From: Jay Willingham (jaywillingham@cfl.rr.com)
Date: Wed May 28 2003 - 11:10:51 EDT

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    > A prayer for one's nation or whomever one may choose is not idolatry; it
    is
    > a prayer.
    >
    > America is a nation of folks who believe in and worship the God of the
    Bible
    > and attend formal worship services to a greater degree than most, if not
    > all, other nations. That is a sad fact.
    >
    > Frankly, I do not believe how we are perceived by the rest of the world
    > should be used to modify our behavior. Rather we should seek to know how
    we
    > are seen by God. The victories America has enjoyed since its inception
    are
    > God's. They do not spring from our own inherent goodness or ability, but
    > from God's gracious protection. The warhorse is prepared for battle but
    the
    > victory is the Lord's. If we do not humble ourselves before him we will
    > lose.
    >
    > Jay Willingham
    >
    >
    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: "Joel Cannon" <jcannon@jcannon.washjeff.edu>
    > To: <asa@calvin.edu>
    > Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2003 10:14 AM
    > Subject: Do non-U.S. Christians say "God Bless America?"
    >
    >
    > > I am curious what non-U.S. citizens think of statements like this,
    > > which implicitly tie the gospel to "God Bless America."
    > >
    > > I find it to be a surprisingly clear manifestation of the national
    > > idolatry that characterizes too much of American (U.S.)
    > > Christianity. Why not just say "God is on our side" or "America is
    > > God's country" and be done with it?
    > >
    > > There are many things for an American citizen to be thankful for
    > > (much of which can be traced, ironically, to the Enlightenment). My
    > > post is not anti-American. However, the line between the good and the
    > > bad (or the Godly and the un-Godly) cuts right down the middle. Being
    > > Christian should encompass among other things telling the truth about
    > > the principalities and powers of this age; we are citizens of a
    > > different kingdom. Our belief that "Jesus is Lord" should mean that we
    > > do not worship America, the American ideal, or other things "of this
    > > world."
    > >
    > >
    > > Forwarded message:
    > > > From asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu Mon May 26 13:56:26 2003
    > > > Message-ID: <000701c323ac$a40f0260$6401a8c0@cfl.rr.com>
    > > > From: "Jay Willingham" <jaywillingham@cfl.rr.com>
    > > >
    > > > Save this one and most important thing,
    > > >
    > > > God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that those
    > who
    > > > believe in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
    > > >
    > > > Remember those who have laid down their life for our freedom.
    > > >
    > > > God bless America.
    > > >
    > > > Jay Willingham, Esquire
    > > >
    > >
    >
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    > > Physics Department | jcannon@washjeff.edu
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    > > Washington, PA 15301 |
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    >



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