*Last week marked the one year anniversary of my first book, Reborn on the Fourth of July, of being available in print. I have been posting and reflecting upon videos from the initial release.
Roger Wolsey and I have never met, but I hope that changes in the near future. An ordained United Methodist pastor, he wrote Kissing Fish: Christianity for Folks Who Don’t Like Christianity and writes for various blogs and news outlets. Here are his reflections on (in)dependence for the Church on the Fourth of July;
Roger grew up in Boy Scouts, just like me, and is ok singing the National Anthem and saying the Pledge of Allegiance. But as he grew up and owned his faith for himself, the tension between church and state grew. When our nation was young, we were birthed by violence that may not have lived up to Christian standards, and we continue to inject more resources into our military than any other country. Does this mesh with the character of a “Christian Nation?” Roger thinks not, and can feel the gap between the ideal and reality in his own person. Instead of an “independence” sermon for July Fourth, he preaches on “dependence” of people upon one another and upon God. I particularly appreciate Roger’s emphasis on humility in our American identity, that we remember that God blesses other countries too. We should all firmly stand beside him in saying that, between citizenship and discipleship, “faith wins out every time.” After all, as we like to say in Centurions Guild, “GOD > u.s.”
To read more about my journey from patriot to pacifist (and back again, kinda); check our Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism, & Conscience