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  1. Do you think that the growing immoralism of American society has also discouraged churches and their leaders from promoting nationalistic symbols in their worship?

    1. I think you are right to some degree, Frank, though I would argue that American society has always had its vices and virtues. Certainly our current cultural conversation has made even some die hard promoters of civil religion realize that you can’t assume that just because a state is labeled “Christian” that its citizens are acting or believing in ways consistent with Christianity.

  2. What you write about is part of why my husband and I became Christian Reformed. There is only a little civil religion in the CRC. My husband, Charlie, and I were opposed to the Viet Nam War and did not want to mix our faith in a perfect God with faith in a fallible nation. So speak up so that this does not occur.

    1. Thanks Pam! The CRC’s stance on these issues is one of the reasons why I have been drawn to this particular Reformed tradition as well. I appreciate the way that Kuyper’s emphasis on sphere sovereignty gives us much needed perspective about how the various structures of society can work together while also respecting the unique role and responsibilities of each social structure.

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