Where Patriotism is Idolatry?

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Church Central has posted a very compelling article about “Patriotism in the Pulpit: Where Do American Preachers Draw the Line?”  While I have heard that pastors see the need to remind their congregants of the need to pray for a country to turn to God, while others believe such services with this theme is a service that worships America.

I would appreciate your thoughts.  Are such services idolatry or necessary?

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One thought on “Where Patriotism is Idolatry?

    Amy said:
    July 24, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Idolatry?

    I laughed aloud when I read that, but upon reflection it’s really sad that there are preachers out there who feel that way. I’m betting that’s how Rev. Wright feels!

    There is nothing wrong with patriotic, so long as you know that God is your creator and ultimate sustainer. Also there’s a difference between loving your country and loving its government.

    I believe we are called upon by God to pray for our leaders and that they will be guided by the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. And seeing that the United States is run as a representative democracy, we need to pray for the entire country, as they elect our leaders and therefore lead this country themselves. We need to pray that they (and ourselves) make wise choices guided by the Holy Spirit.

    This is a country that declared it’s independence by writing: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…” There is nothing wrong about loving that!

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