“God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood
— Friday, May 27th, 2011 —
You probably fit in one of two camps when it comes to this song. Either you tear up with patriotic emotion or you roll your eyes at the kitschy jingoism of it all. This is the kind of song that doesn’t stay gone for long. It percolates in the “God and Country” shows for senior adults in Branson, Missouri, and then bursts back onto the radio charts at times of war or national crisis.
But should we sing it in church? What about the “God and Country” services so many of our congregations hold on national holidays? And, beyond that, how should Christians, citizens of the kingdom of God, think about patriotism? If we’re aliens and strangers here should we identify emotionally with songs, any songs, about our temporary place of sojourn?
On this week’s episode of “The Cross and the Jukebox,” we’ll listen to Mr. Greenwood and then we’ll look at the broader question of the kingdom of Christ and patriotic fervor.