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The domestication of God

President Bush delivered his State Of The Union address to predictable applause. Bush has become one of the most popular Presidents in American history. His handling of the 'War on Terrorism' has endeared him to the patriotic hearts of Americans. And, of course, State Of The Union addresses are always peppered with loud approval. Their basic theme - America is great and we're going to make it greater - and their tradition combine to make applause all but mandatory. Pity the poor person who has to deliver the opposition party's response in a quiet room, somewhat alone, and with most people switching their TVs to other channels.

Letter from America Josh Moody

One of the most revealing - and encouraging for Christians - aspects of President Bush's tenure so far has been his outspoken faith. Even in the midst of this political speech par excellence Bush managed to make mention of 'God', and the presence of God which he felt many had found to comfort them in their hour of distress and need.