Good post today from Eric Carpenter, God and Kingdom. I am encouraged to see so many Christians asking the culturally unpopular questions about the intermixing of the church and the political/national/military concerns of one particular secular nation-state over all others. As Eric says in one of his comments, this is a difficult conversation to have because church-going, red-blooded, patriotic, flag waving Americans don't like anyone asking the hard questions about where our loyalty lies.
I am more and more convinced that the intertwining of patriotism/nationalism/militarism with the culturally understand notion of "Christianity" is far more damaging to our witness in America and abroad then most other doctrinal heresies. Make no mistake, claiming America as a special land and dividing our loyalty between Christ and country is a heretical practice little different from mormonism or other cultic faiths.