Friday, July 22, 2005

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O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
The land that's mine—the poor man's, Indian's, Negro's, ME—
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

From Let American Be America Again by Langston Hughes.

What is the Christian perspective on national pride? I just told somebody yesterday that I'm not going back to the US because what country I'm in doesn't really matter to me, as long as my life is going in the right direction.

Also, the poem glorifies the value of freedom. What does the author mean by freedom? We can only guess at this by stories of his life, and the time in which he lived. What is the Christian perspective on freedom? What difference is there between a Christian's freedom and a social activist's freedom? Can we really free ourselves? Can other men enslave us? Does political revolution make man free?

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