I attended by wife's family's church in South Carolina over July 4 weekend; the church had its annual patriotic service. It is in a town with an air force base; I'd guess the church has 25-30 active duty service men/women and vets. I hate attending the patriotic service. I don't mind the presentation of the colors, saying the pledge of allegiance or the recognition of vets. What gets under my skin are statements like, "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth," "I'm proud to be an American," and "Our founding fathers were all Christian." Then there are the hokey songs like, "The Cross Is My Statue of Liberty." I'm just seeking the thoughts of others on this. Does this even belong in a church on the Lord's Day? Can patriotism be idolatrous? Is national pride an ok kind of pride?