Over on the thread about the United Methodist Church, someone mentioned "flag-waving." This is what was said: 1) what's at the front of the sanctuary? Have you an American flag (and a "Christian" flag) at the front, in the corners? 2) Does your hymn selection for services near or on July 4 contain The Battle Hymn of the Republic, America, or God Bless America? It was also stated that this was an abysmal practice. Here is my question: What is wrong with this? Is it just because there is no Biblical basis for a Christian flag or a pledge to it? Is this a regulative principle of worship thing, or is there another reason? I grew up saying the 3 pledges of allegiance every Sunday (to the American flag, the Christian flag, and the Bible), and while my current church doesn't do this, if I were to visit my parents and go to the children's Sunday school I would say the pledges with them. Should I not?? I LOVE the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Is there something wrong with patriotic songs, or just the singing of them in church?