Many Stanford students feel ambivalent about celebrating America because of her great flaws. If that’s you, I urge you to consider these three articles. They are listed in order of helpfulness.
And if you’re an international student, I hope these articles encourage you to love your own homeland — patriotism rightly understood is a good thing and it encompasses people from all nations.
- Chesterton On Patriotism, With An Application To US Elections (Thabiti Anyabwile, Gospel Coalition): note that this one is four years old. Some profound thoughts in here.
- American Jesus (Douglas Wilson, personal blog): I debated whether to include this one or not. I agree with enough of it to invite you to wrestle with it.
- Is Patriotism Christian? (Brandon O’Brien, Christianity Today): this is the most comprehensive of the three.
And so, should it be legal in your jurisdiction, blow something sparkly up tonight.