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By John Pierce

 

Amazingly, many churches and Christian schools (like Tattnall Square Academy in Macon, Ga., shown in this photo) fly an American flag over a Christian flag. Doing so suggests a higher allegiance to national interests than to Christian commitments.

Or it reveals a confusion of the two. That is called “civil religion” — something much too serious and dangerous to misunderstand.

Whether one claims to be a “Christian American” or “American Christian” says something about ultimate priorities.

Order is important. Even when facing good choices, there is only room for one ultimate commitment.

It’s odd when places — especially ones that often proclaim that “Jesus is Lord”  — suggest another priority on their flagpoles.

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