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Fourth of July More Controversial This Year

Clergy often struggle with how to preach around the Fourth of July but this year is more challenging. The president is changing the celebration in Washington and many do not know what to expect. Will the celebration be for all Americans or just for one political party?


I am sticking with my previously announced sermon intention to ask whether the United States is a Christian country or a Christian mission field. How a Christian answers that question often influences how that Christian remembers July 4.


I am happy the ELW included hymn 877 to sing on days like July 4. The hymn talks of all nations and cannot easily be used to promote nationalism.

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