The word idolatry gets thrown around way too easily these days. Mike Bird just said:
I confess that I have always been perplexed why Americans have flags in their places of worship. It is borderline idolatry, it confuses the kingdom of God with a worldly government, and it (deliberately?) creates the view that America somehow has a special relationship with God that other nations don’t have.”
Now whether or not you agree on the placement of flags in churches (I don’t have a problem with it) I think we should all agree that it’s only borderline idolatry if folks come really close to worshiping these flags. Of course if you don’t agree with that then you’re wrong and I will respect your right to be wrong if that’s what you choose to be. ;-) But I’ve been in a number of churches with flags (and most of them have had more than just the US flag although I suspect Mike’s experience might be different here) but I’ve not once seen anyone worship any of these flags or come close to it. In fact I can’t say that I’ve ever seen any reference made to the flags at all.