Yesterday’s post garnered a lot of comments, likes, and re-posts, both on the blog and on The Search for Piety and Obedience Facebook page. Thanks to all of you who responded with thoughts, comments, and affirmation. I sense that many readers of the blog also feel the tension of being American and confessing Anabaptism.
In the spirit of extending the conversation, here’s a roundup of articles from around the web that I found both creative and life-giving in their quest to be faithful to the way of Christ in an American context:
- Brethren in Christ blogger and peace advocate Harriet Sider Bicksler reflects on the tensions of celebrating Veteran’s Day as an Anabaptist.
- In this post from 2006, Keith Graber Miller of Goshen College seeks “ways to be creatively Christian and creatively U.S.-American, drawing on the best from both traditions.”
- Religion News Service columnist Jonathan Merritt has some good stuff to say about the perils of embracing “American exceptionalism” (hint: it’s bad theology).
- Like me, Ben Corey has a hard time understanding why American Christians are so resistant to the concept of “enemy love” — even though its biblical!
Readers: Feel free to share any articles you find helpful on this topic in the Comments below!
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Disturbing: “According to a 2013 Rasmussen poll, 59 percent of likely U.S. voters believe the United States is more exceptional than other nations.” – from http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2014/07/03/many-christians-get-wrong-july-4th/#sthash.Zc9EotqG.dpuf
Here’s a few: