I'M NOT REALLY ASKING...
I love my country (the USA), but I love God more. I see absolutely no place for patrioutism in a worship service. Memorial Day sent me out of the worship center for a walk around the block. I cannot sit through another "God loves America" worship service. I'm going to the mountains over the Independence Day holiday. There I will worship God and celebrate the birth of the USA (fireworks over the lake); but I will not do these at the same time.
This steps on toes. I'm not really sorry about that. I am not sorry if this steps on toes and makes some think. I am not sorry if this steps on toes and causes some to dislike my bluntness.
I am sorry some do not see the idolatry and self-centeredness of assuming God loves any one country best. I am sorry some see no problem placing patriotism in the midst of the worship of God.
The church should remember those who have sacrificed. Self-sacrifice, honor, and duty are good things and should be celebrated. But in worship service we worship God. We must be clear on that.
Tag(s): worship patriotism