Patriotic Worship

Brother Stan has posted some great thoughts over at the Reformed Baptist Fellowship blog about patriotic worship services.

A typical patriotic service might include a presentation of the American flag, singing of patriotic hymns, and a message centered around the Christian roots of the United States and a call to return to them. Are these services God-honoring? Are they wise?

Read the whole thing: Three Hymns for the Red, White, and Blue: Thinking About Patriotic Worship Services

I’ve always cringed when patriotic songs have been sung during a time when the congregation comes together to worship God.  We have six others days of the week in which to celebrate our cultural holidays.  Why do so many insist on including the type of praise that is focused on the creation before to the Creator?

Can you imagine singing Derek Webb’s A King & A Kingdom?

(chorus)
my first allegiance is not to a flag, a country, or a man
my first allegiance is not to democracy or blood
it’s to a king & a kingdom

For what it’s worth…

Mark

P.S. A more recent post on Patriotic Worship services.

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1 redandblackredneck July 1, 2008 at 5:53 pm

As my wife and I reviewed the order of service on Sunday we both cringed for that exact reason. Worship is for glorifying God, not to glorify or praise a political entity.

If the membership cared that much about a special service of thanksgiving for the blessings of our country, then have a special service on the 4th of July – not during the Lord’s Day public worship service.

2 Rev. July 9, 2008 at 4:58 pm

While Mr. Lumpkins may point out your cringing with a sense of dismay, I share your concern. I’m irritated when the American flag is in a church sanctuary (especially since it is always located in the position of honor – over and above the Christian flag). It doesn’t bother me as much when in the military chapel, but my ultimate allegiance is to my King – Christ.

3 johnMark July 11, 2008 at 12:22 am

Appreciate the comments!

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4 Veronica June 12, 2013 at 8:29 am

You may not like it but in our church we do exactly that to thank the men that attend our service but above all to thank God for all that He has done for us in this land.  I do the Videos that play that day and I never put one together without God He guides my every step as I do the Videos .  I think we need to remember that the church is there also to lift the people up and what better way to do that than to say thanks to those who fought for our freedom.  So I ask you to seek God and ask Him if you should be honoring these men and America.

5 Norm W July 3, 2016 at 10:19 pm

Thank you Veronica! A voice of reason. Much of the perspective of separating the Worship of God in our Worship services, and ‘honoring’ the fact that our Country is based significantly on Christian principles, seems to be based on worshiping Nationalism rather than God. But that is SO OFF BASE. Including the singing of God Bless America in a Worship service is completely fitting and honors God – have you noticed that the entire chorus is a prayer to God? We as Christians are being burdened by some in theological leadership who want to dramatically over-analyze and over-interpret things like this. My Christian faith has never, ever, been challenged by recognizing in a Worship service the God-given freedoms (including to freely worship) and honoring those who sacrificed so that we could have those freedoms.

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