Today I, with millions of others, celebrate American Independence Day. Although I'm not necessarily proud of everything that our country has done, there is still plenty of good in the United States that is worth celebrating.
But I do so as an American, not as a Christian. I've written in the past on why I believe the church loses its way whenever it entangles itself in politics (a viewpoint the religious right seems determined to validate on a daily basis), as have others (I still recommend Greg Boyd's The Myth of a Christian Nation).
So, in honor of the holiday, here is a new voice reiterating why the church should not treat the Fourth of July as a holy day. That said, enjoy the day and the freedom that it symbolizes.