Is Patriotism Ever Inappropriate?

When does patriotism become inappropriate?  If they thought about it, most people would agree that blind patriotism, unconditional allegiance to a nation, is not wise.  For example, most people would agree that enthusiastically supporting a country led by an evil dictator (such as Nazi Germany) is not a good thing.

So where do you draw the line?  When should you withdraw your patriotism from a nation?  Here are some suggestions:

It may be time to withdraw patriotism if your nation:

Tortures people.

Supports the taking of innocent human life.

Insists that you disobey your conscience.

Spies on its own people.

Accuses people of “hatred” who openly disagree with government decrees.

Openly rejects common moral principles of the world’s great religions.

Withdrawing patriotism does not mean no longer loving your country.  It means no longer blindly supporting it.  It means still loving your country enough to not support its turning toward wrongful behaviors.  It means courageously loving your nation enough to stand for righteousness, no matter how your nation treats you.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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3 Responses to Is Patriotism Ever Inappropriate?

  1. David says:

    word brother!

  2. Pingback: From Independence Day to Dependence Day | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

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