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Patriotic A Sin Of Pride

Could patriotism be considered a pride sin?

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 ---Mike on 7/25/06
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No, but I can see where you are coming from. Hating on another nation, thinking we are better then them, those would be a sin of pride. However, having patriotism is being grateful for those that died for your freedom and the opportunities it has utimately given us. It's about honoring our forefathers. The pride is a healthy one because we are proud of our heritage, and all they have fought to accomplish. This generation doesn't understand patriotism though because we've been credit fed. lol.
---Katie on 6/3/08

Patriotism can go too far in extreme cases but we are called to be dedicated to our home land. It would also be a sin to not care.
---john on 6/26/07

Mike M--Both are right to be patriotic. I don't know about the war.
---Donna2277 on 7/31/06

On the battle field a patriotic Christian from one country shoots the patriotic Christian from another. Who is right? Are both wrong?
---MikeM on 7/28/06

I agree that patriotism is not the self inflated pride that looks down on others. It is not the selfish pride that ignores others. But PRIDE is NOT why the Iraqis hate us ( And my friends, returned vets from Iraqi, don't say that is). They hate ALL of Western society and Israel. We are the "infidel"..whom they have been taught to hate by their Muslim Imams from childhood.
---Donna2277 on 7/26/06

I agree with what Donna 9759 is saying in that we are a prideful nation (in the wrong sense of the term). We give credit to ourselves for what we have accomplished. However, this is not patriotism. This is egotism. There's a very distinct difference, unfortunately some people have meshed the two together to mean the same thing. Patriotism in it's true meaning is not a sin. Pride in ourselves is...
---Katie on 7/26/06

NO, indeed. It's loyalty. It's gratitude. If pride, it's the same kind of pride you have in a family member who has struggled, overcome difficulties, perservered. I'm proud of boys who, despite their fears, responded to the call of country and became men on a foreign battlefield. I'm proud of men who sacrificed physical wholeness and sometimes life itself to preserve freedom for others. Nothing sinful about that kind of pride. It's pride borne of love. And I think maybe that's what patiotism is.
---Donna2277 on 7/25/06

Of course we are to give ALL glory to God, not man. Patriotism is not about patting ourselves on the back, it's about honoring those who have stayed the course, fought the good fight, and followed God's precepts. It is about upholding that which has been put in to place. It's about being grateful for a beautiful country and the freedom granted us. And above all it is about thanking God and boasting of his goodness to us, not because of what we have done, but who He is.
---Katie on 7/25/06

I recently heard a very anointed man of God ask this question: What is the number one sin in America? People shouted out adultery, lesbianism, deception and other answers. He said PRIDE is the number one sin in America. He went on to explain how God opposes the proud but gives Grace to the humble. He said we are too proud of a nation. I heard one of our Soldiers come home from Iraq, I work with his mother, he said the same exact thing and he said that's why the Iraqi's hate America, their pride.
---Donna9759 on 7/25/06

We need to be careful not to put our faith in the things of this world. That would include our nation. To also understand, that what was,isn't what is today. We know times will be difficult,and our focus should always be on the Lord, no matter what country we are from. Many wonderful Christians do not have a Christian Nation to live in. God is conforming us to the image of Jesus Christ no matter where we live. This *is* His highest priority. It needs to be ours.
---kathr4453 on 7/25/06

To the extent that anyone believes that our founders and other citizens were responsible for founding our nation and creating its prosperity, the answer is yes, patriotism could be considered a pride sin. "Unless the LORD build the house, its builders labor in vain." If saying, "Tomorrow I will do such and such" is being too arrogant, not giving God respect as ruler of our lives, then being proud of our nation rather than thankful to God is a pride sin.
---Louise on 7/25/06

NO! self pride is wrong, because we think it is us and not God. That is what humanists think, because they think it is all about them. I struggled with being proud of certain things, but I realized that it was just wanting to do the best I could for God, and in that there is no sin. Being proud of our being formed as a Christian Nation is a good thing, not bad.
---Dottie on 7/25/06

Why should it be?
---alan8869_of_UK on 7/25/06

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