GOSHEN, Ind. (A Pee) — For more than a century, there was no playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Goshen College — a small Christian college with ties to the Mennonite Church.
That’s about to change. For the first time in the school’s history, Goshen College will play an instrumental version of the national anthem before many campus sporting events.
They figure that since they aren’t using the words, it’s OK, and they’re following it with a prayer, and it will make the visiting team feel comfortable. But is it the job of Christians to make people feel comfortable? If comfy is good, why not join the Army with the Baptists, Catholics and everyone else?
Mennonite Church USA — which represents the largest and most mainstream group of Mennonites in the U.S. — does not specifically prohibit the anthem.
Are these guys the Anabaptist equivalent of ELCA?