I've created a thread to discuss this issue since it seems many threads in this forum have been sidetracked to address this question.
In the future discuss this topic in this thread, instead of taking other threads off course.
Some folk attempt to approach American politics by means of fanaticism. Romans 13:1 is a favorite quotation of theirs implying absolute allegiance in their mind. That's not what St. Paul intended in his letter. Think about it.
The letter was addressed to Christians living in the capital of an extremely militaristic and corrupt Empire. Do you not think they were aware of their culture and their duties as citizens? St. Paul did not intend his letter to be instruction in matters of which they were already intimately aware. The tension they experienced was between allegiance to God and duty to Empire. Allegiance and duty can be two different things.
No man can serve two masters. No one can give allegiance to a corrupt world and the Kingdom of Heaven at the same time. Either he will wrap himself in a flag stained with blood and greedy conquest or he will risk shedding his own blood for the sake of Heaven's pure call. You cannot love nation and Heaven at the same time. Jesus went even further. His extreme political attitude was that one cannot even love his own life, but must learn to hate it if it conflicts with God's righteousness. Every dedicated Christian fights with the tension between temptation and allegiance to Christ, but WHY does the effort suddenly have to be reinvented when national politics becomes a factor? I submit that there is no difference. Christ must always come first.
Consider that Jesus NEVER pledged allegiance to Rome or it's Emperor.
Consider that Jesus NEVER honored the troops whose bloody hands were the execution of unjust national policy.
Consider that Jesus NEVER participated in patriotic parades, ceremonies, boasts of national pride or honored its conquests.
Consider that Jesus was NEVER part of the political system.
What Jesus did...........
Was to live and act and work exactly like a tourist in a foreign land.
How does a tourist act?
A tourist obeys the laws of the land, pays it's taxes and acts within the scope of it's custom.
In His life on earth, Jesus acted like a tourist among the people with whom He shared a heritage - the Jews.
He walked among them, but was recognized even by His enemies as someone who did not participate in their political games.
He paid the ultimate price for His lack of cooperation.
Today Americans are faced with a political system that has corrupted itself so far beyond recognition that definitions of debauchery seem to change daily.
For example, Political Science 101 taught us that the US government is composed of three branches; legislative, executive and judicial.
Yet since 1948 a forth branch has usurped more power than our founding fathers ever dreamed possible. The forth branch is the combination of the Pentagon and Intelligence Community. Shadow wars multiply like garden weeds and the world now suffers under the cruel endless war imposed by this fourth branch of the American government. Even POTUS Bush and Obama were and are powerless to stop its march into power. They are unelected and unsympathetic to the original American constitution and its limits.
Shall a Christian give allegiance to this government that now enjoys global hegemony and has ambition to hold onto it at all costs including the blood of innocents both at home and abroad? Such a judgment is for each man and woman to make alone. It should be remembered, however, that there will be a reckoning for one's actions - even those of a Christian.
Shall a government deep in murder and perversion be honored with allegiance greater than one would give to Christ?
There is no example in Holy Write that commands a Christian to give allegiance to any political system of the world. We are told to live as ambassadors of the Holy God among men - as tourists in a foreign land that is sinking under the weight of its own lasciviousness and licentiousness. We are to obey its laws insofar as our conscience allows and to pay its taxes, but that is the limit of God's expectations of us.
Increasingly the US government has lost the respect of most decent men. It should have never had our allegiance in the first place. Is it strange, I wonder, that no citizen was ever asked to give it until the middle of the 20th century by which time the future oligarchs had their plans and devices well placed and arranged? In the 21st century, it is fair time to call the government what it is - demonic.
that's me, hollering from the choir loft...