It’s probably just me, but I really don’t get it. Why does a guy living on the streets in this country get so patriotic? What has this country done for him to win his heart, mind, and soul?
I am guessing, and it may or may not be the case here, but perhaps it is easy to make a play on passions with all that red, white, and blue. Perhaps it’s a manipulative ploy. A guy like this will more likely play on your sympathy than a street person in a Megadeth shirt. But then maybe it is less innocuous. Maybe it gives him a sense of belonging since patriotism is the one thing he can really share with his rich neighbors.
Too bad we can’t say as much for Jesus.
Our “citizenship is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20), and Jesus’s “Kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). If those things mattered more, perhaps the patriotism would be a bit tempered?