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The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. My identity as an American has been central to my life, particularly when my dad was deployed overseas to a dangerous region of the world or when my family struggled to find meaning in yet another cross-country relocation.
As a kid and even nowI have found that the combination of these influences has produced some tension. One side of my family finds very little of their identity in their home country, while another side takes great pride in it.
Earthly Allegiances and Heavenly Citizenship. For Christians, this tension is a well-known one. Many American Christians struggle with discerning how their patriotism should operate when followers of Christ are called to work for the advancement of a kingdom greater than any earthly nation.
Or are we to disavow all earthly allegiances including nationality in favor of a different kind of citizenship altogether?
A chaplain at a recent chapel I attended said this in prayer: Our nation will ask for support for values our God condemns, our civic institutions will ask for an allegiance that trumps all others, and our desire to protect and provide for our fellow citizens will come into conflict with our desire to care for the global church.
In Desiring the Kingdom: Smith powerfully articulates the ways that nationalistic liturgies teach citizens to prioritize their allegiance to country above all else. Activities such as saying the Pledge of Allegiance in schoolrooms daily, singing the national anthem before important cultural events like athletic competitions, and consuming patriotic and often militaristic films and TV shows all teach powerful and physical lessons about the supremacy of national loyalty.
This election season, many of these potential conflicts have been illuminated. The ongoing debate about the current refugee crisis in Syria and elsewhere has many Christians asking, Does my loyalty to the global church outweigh my desire to protect my fellow citizens?
None of these questions — the refugee crisis, foreign military intervention, or illegal immigration — are simple problems with easy answers for anyone.
Christians especially have to examine them critically, often balancing loyalties that may seem to conflict. Even the slightest of potential conflicts is cause for ensuring that values are placed in an appropriate hierarchy.
An earthly nation and a heavenly kingdom will not always share the same goals. In a world of constant international conflict, increasingly we will be asked to prioritize military superiority, cultural dominance, and national identity. In other words, we will be asked to make our country our first love.
Loving Country and God in the Right Order. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased. Prioritizing national loyalty above loyalty to God means our country is not loved rightly, and both love of God and country will suffer. Unbridled patriotism can give rise to militarism and ethnocentrism when it is not subordinate to a greater love of God and His people.
The values of an individual are shaped differently when love of country is prioritized above love of God — instead of valuing compassion and selflessness, the more prominent values become competition and success. To borrow the language of Augustine, our loves will be disordered,7 neither one receiving love the way in which it was intended.
Rightly ordering our loves allows for patriotism and love of country, but it prevents nationalism and idolization of country.From 'Star Wars' to ' A Space Odyssey', science fiction films know no bounds.
Here are of the best Sci-fi movies ever made. Dec 07, · American films Essays & Research Papers. Best American films Essays. American Films and Dominant Regime 1. Identify the dominant regime in the film and its power source.
In about words, use examples and screenshots from the film to show why this is the case. Topics: English-language films, American films, Present Pages: 1 ( words) Published: August 4, In order to get almost any earthly thing on your own, you must first deserve it .
Unlike the fire in the night, a bird crying is such an earthly thing, and still birds have always been a good tiding for travelers. For the sailors in the sea, they were a sign of the soil close by, symbolizing the impeding achievement of their goals.
The + Most Controversial Films of All-Time: Movie Title Screen: Film Title/Year, Director: Screenshots: Crash () D. David Cronenberg. David Cronenberg's adaptation of J.G.
Ballard's outré novel about people who get off on car crashes was too weirdly fetishistic for many viewers. Of course, like The Matrix, Inception’s influences are myriad—from Total Recall to James Bond to Philip K.
Dick's Ubik—though the most striking thing you can say when you put the two films.