Patriotism is good. As followers of Christ, we absolutely can love our country! That love is what pushes us to critically asses how our government is working. Patriotism leads us to elect leaders we believe are honest and wise, and to work to remove those who show themselves to lack good character. It’s why we work for justice for those who are denied it.
On the other hand, Christian nationalism has made patriotism an idol. Rather than place their trust in Christ, they look to political power as their savior. And anyone who disagrees or questions their motives is banished to hell. Acceptable to them, since they are the judges and not Christ Himself.
In the words of Paul in his letter to the Romans: I appeal to you, friends, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.
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