Originally Posted by Dreamliner
Because I've talked with so many Christians like yourself, Christians whose thoughts so quickly run to defending America, serving America, and otherwise apologizing for her sins.
Isn't our citizenship in heaven ?
We should consult the volumes and volumes of helpful teaching and wisdom Jesus gave us when he returned to reign and be our God back in the late first century. I mean, it isn't like He would come back and then just not offer so much as one quotable insight to guide humanity toward His will for the next couple of millennia... er... hmm.
The moral right of self-defense, or the moral obligation to defend the weak and the innocent, don't require or assume that you, the agent, are morally flawless. You are not worshipping yourself when you exercise them.
So it follows that when these rights and obligations are aggregated by a nation, it isn't an implied assertion that there is a divine charter for that nation. Now, I will concede that sometimes people spiritualize the United States beyond what is appropriate, but the are independent phenomena. Your view, Dream, would seem to set a standard by which the only way to disprove state "idolatry" would be to always stand idly by, to never intercede on your own behalf or on behalf of one whom you could protect from injustice.