Can Patriotism Become An Idol?

Most of us would probably say that we love America. That's great! We live in a wonderful country that affords us many opportunities and freedoms that we would not experience in many other places in the world. We are blessed to live in the United States. It's not a bad thing to be patriotic, but can we take that patriotism too far? The answer is yes!

There is one important thing we must remember as Christians: Christ, before country. It is in Christ that we find our true identity or at least it should be. When we find our identity in our country instead of in Christ patriotism becomes an idol and will hinder our purpose on this earth; to glorify God in all that we do.

"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." Colossians 3:1-3

So fly the flag, go to a parade, and celebrate living in our great country, these things aren't bad. But, remember in the end it won't matter that we showed ample amounts of love for our country, but it will matter that we showed ample amounts of Jesus' love and grace to everyone!