By Alexander Carpenter
I think church and state collapsed a bit in this video that is tagged Indiana Conference. That sure is a lot of flag waving and a certain political leader. Apparently it was made for Adventist evangelism by this ministry. A low in exploitation and saccharinity all while reaffirming patriotism for God.
While there's no doubt that the terrible attacks prompted both good and dangerous national responses, I think that religious leaders must tread very carefully when mixing the symbols of the state with religion. And they must tread even more cautiously when doing any kind of overt evangelism. It is a marketing environment with at best a spiritual goal. Certainly people need questions answered, but mixing God and country always lowers Theos to the banality of the state.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4265