Memorial Day, which originated after the Civil War, commemorates the sacrifices of those who have fought and died in the American armed forces. Interpreters have long noted the aura of sacredness that surrounds the holiday’s traditional observances, and many have called Memorial Day central to America’s “civil religion.” Evangelicals have typically been enthusiastic participants in such patriotic celebrations, but certain critics have come to fear an unbiblical conflation of God and country.
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- Memorial Day: For What Shall We Live?Whether we wear a uniform or not, we all have sacrificial service to offer.
- Do This in RemembranceParticipating in the “high holy day” of American civil religion is beneficial for Christians, so long as we do so thoughtfully.
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- Memorializing the Civil WarEvery May we're reminded of the war that split our country, but the Christian stories of that struggle remain buried. Here are some facts you probably didn't know.