Monday, July 03, 2017

When Does Your Patriotism Become Idolatry?

This past weekend, Americans everywhere celebrated our nation’s Day of Independence. Many of us packed suitcases, stood in lines at airports, and traveled hundreds of miles so we could share this time with friends and family. We crowded onto beaches, grilled enough burgers and hotdogs to feed a small army, and lit the sky with fireworks long into the evening. I’ve always been proud to call myself an American, and the 4th of July is a great time to reflect on the principles our country stands for. Like many Christians, the freedoms guaranteed in our constitution have had a radical effect on my walk with Christ.

But when does patriotism turn into idolatry? That’s a question Zack Hunt of Relevant Magazine began pondering in a recent article. It all began when Hunt noticed an American flag draped over Christ’s cross in a series of stained-glass windows. It troubled him to realize that so many Christians are comfortable with political symbols taking an equal standing in the house of God. Read More

Related Article:
How Would You Lead an Overly Patriotic Church?

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