[anzac] CAN PATRIOTISM be IDOLATRY?

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 07:59:28 -0700
CAN PATRIOTISM be IDOLATRY?
-Andrew Strom.

I would really love your comments on this, as I believe it is an
important topic for the church in North America. Please give us
your thoughts on the questions below-

-Can Patriotism be Idolatry? (ie. Can our country become a kind
of 'god' to us?)
-Can Patriotism also become "prideful"?
-Is this a problem in the church today?
-Will many Christians get mad if we question this?
-If we mix Patriotism in with Christianity, will it start to distort the
whole message and mission of the church?
-In other words, will we start to become "activists" not just for
Jesus, but for Patriotism too?
-Is it true that Hitler used Patriotism to manipulate the German
people - and whip them up to go to war?
-Are there voices in TV and Radio today using Patriotism to whip 
up the Christians? 
-Do you think we can be easily manipulated if they appeal to our
Patriotic Pride?
-Now just a couple of questions about the USA-
-Is the US still a force for "righteousness" in the earth?
-When we look at the movies, the TV and the music put out by
the USA - which dominates Western culture all around the world -
what kind of influence does the US have today?
-When we look at this massive influence and leadership, does 
she seem to be a force for 'light' or more for greed, sex, materialism
and spiritual corruption?
-So is America mostly spreading 'good' or spreading 'evil' in the world?
-Why then should we "defend" her - as though what she is doing in
the earth is "Christian"?

I realize that these questions will make some people mad. But I am
hoping that we will really think about these things and I would love
to hear your opinions. Please post your comments at the website below-

http://www.johnthebaptisttv.com/

God bless you all.

Andrew Strom.