Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Citizens

13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”
14 “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” ...
Joshua 5:13-14 (courtesy of www.biblegateway.com)
I have purposely waited until Memorial Day was over because our soldiers--and all soldiers--who fight to protect others and their rights deserve our unqualified respect and honor.  I do not want anything I say here to be taken out of context.  But I have something very important to say to American Christians, particularly ones whose churches make large nationalistic celebrations and preach charged, politicized sermons.

We are citizens of Heaven first.
Our leader is the Lord of Heaven and not any man.
Therefore, do not worry about what man may do or what the government may say.
Seek the Kingdom of God first. 
The question is not whether God is on our side.  It is whether we are on His.

Let us not worship at the altar of national pride or national fear.  Let us come before our Maker in reverence, awe, and confidence that He is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine.  Let us know that He so loved the world (John 3:16), that He cares for it (Matthew 10:29), and that He does not discriminate (Galatians 3:28).  And let us begin to act that way.

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