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My mom made Susan a beautiful
vest that displays several patriotic symbols. Susan asked me "do you
think I can wear this anytime, or only in July." I told her she should
be proud to display patriotic symbols anytime. She wore it this morning
as she left for work. What if Patriotism were limited to July 4th. Wouldn't
that be ridiculous?
I once served in a Church
whose leadership looked more like a delegation of the United Nations than
a Baptist committee. We had one Japanese American, a couple of Canadians,
a couple of Californians and a British national. We were planning a picnic
for the early part of July. I was feeling a bit precocious, so I asked
the Brit if they had 4th of July in England. She gave me one
of those what-are-you-talking-about-glances. You know, the way the school
librarian looks at you when she tilts her head and looks over her reading
glasses. "Of course we don't have the 4th of July,"
she said. "What do you do, skip from the 3rd to the 5th?"
O.K., I know--that was bad!
A few years ago, the United
States Supreme Court said it was O.K. for people to burn the flag. I don't
have any idea what they were thinking. The same year I got a note from
the fire marshal saying that it was against the law for us to use candles
for a Christmas Eve service because it was a fire hazard. I'm a bit confused.
The county fire marshal said it isn't safe to burn candles, but the Supreme
Court said we could burn a flag. I guess burning flags are not as dangerous
as burning candles.
Patriotism is important to
me, and it is a year round event. Limiting it to a specific holiday is
about as silly as limiting our Christianity to Easter and Christmas or
Sunday. Don't you think it is about time Christians come out of the closet
and wear their faith with pride? Closets aren't in vogue these days. If
Ellen came out, why can't we? Lets live our faith twenty-four hours a day,
seven days a week.