all who care to hear: neither God nor prayer has been taken out of
public schools (as if any human or human agency could do such a thing!).
What has been removed is publically sanctioned formal Christian
prayers (I don't think any who pine for the return of this kind of
prayer imagines any other than Christian prayer). The reason this
bothers some, I believe, is fear - the fear that America has lost its
way, fallen away from being a "Christian" nation (which it cannot ever
have been for after Christ there can be no such thing - only Christians
and churches in every nation and place. The church is God's new people,
Jews and Christians together, worshiping and serving God everywhere).
Recovery of some vestige or symbol of this imagined past as an assurance
that we have not fallen completely and irrevocably away from God is
what I think this is all about. However, it is a dead-end and
non-starter. If Christians in America could accept this and learn (for
the first time) to be Christians and the Church in America (rather than
the church of America) we might have some hope for faithful witness and
service. Otherwise we have none (save for the grace of God that works
in spite of or even without us).
by Columbia Lutherans on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 11:55am •
“I am enchanted by the Sermon on the Mount. Being merciful, it seems to me, is the only good idea we have received so far. Perhaps we will get another idea that good by and by-and then we will have two good ideas. What might that second good idea be? I don’t know. How could I know? I will make a wild guess that it will come from music somehow. I have often wondered what music is and why we love it so. It may be that music is that second good idea’s being born.
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