First, let me say, I’m not anti-patriotic. I’m not interested in “America bashing”–although, I’m concerned that a critical eye/voice is often viewed as one’s admission of being anti-American. Let me, however, briefly voice my concern with the peculiar phenomenon of obfuscation vis-a-vis the relationship between being-a-Christian and being-an-American.
Today, I read a significant number of statuses on facebook eerily similar to the following,
The way I see it, only two people have ever offered to die for you: Jesus Christ (for your soul) & the American soldier (for your freedom). Today, I think we should be grateful for both. GOD BLESS (and happy birthday) AMERICA!!
Okay, I have absolutely no problem with “happy birthday, America.” The significant problem with this quote (if you forget about the obvious critiques in theological [to name one categorical mistake] logic) is that it is not a singular phenomenon; the ubiquitously evangelical sentiment of Christian-American ontological homogeneity is disquieting.