I recently asked someone I respect when does allegiance to a flag becomes idolatry. I feel a bit closer to an answer with this Christianity Today editorial.
(Thanks, John, for calling it to your readers' attention.)
Worship as Higher Politics - Political priorities for citizens of the kingdom.
A Christianity Today editorial posted 06/23/2005 09:00 a.m.
"George W. Bush is not Lord. The Declaration of Independence is not an infallible guide to Christian faith and practice. Nor is the U.S. Constitution, nor the U.N. Universal Declaration on Human Rights. "Original intent" of America's founders is not the hermeneutical key that will guarantee national righteousness. The American flag is not the Cross. The Pledge of Allegiance is not the Creed. "God Bless America" is not the Doxology.
Sometimes one needs to state the obvious—especially at times when it's less and less obvious."
Read the rest here.