Friday, July 9, 2010
"For God & Country!"
Where is your primary citizenship?
If you are a Christian, then through adoption, your primary citizenship is heaven, with Christ. You are a citizen in heaven, living here as an ambassador to do the work God has called you to do. Below are the verses for this case.
Now before you think I am pushing a Christian Jihad or some Christian extremist thing, we need to see what God has called us to do, and what this citizenship means.
1. It is a paradigm shift.
It helps us to, as Christians, put the world in perspective. It helps non-Christians to put us into perspective.
2. It is a call to mission.
A. God has called us to Love!
God has called us to be devoted, committed, loyal to Him.
God has called us to love people, both through our actions & deeply from the heart.
B. God has called us to Jihad!
God has called us to go into the world, and make disciples of all nations.
"Make"- some early Christians, if you can call them that, took make as a message of war. Wrongly, they saw people of different religions, primarily the Muslim people as the enemy.
Unlike the Qurans teachings, God, the Creator, has not called us to revenge. Our struggle is NOT against people. Check out Ephesians 6 to see what our struggle is against.
Also, if you look at Jesus' MO (method of operation), you see that He was not like the Zealots of His day, but was peaceful. Teaching to act in love, gentleness, kindness, humility, patience, prayerfully. Furthermore, the weapons of the Christian are truth, righteousness, faith, God's word, salvation, the gospel, prayer. Not guns, knives, missiles, hate.
Also, God never forces anyone to believe. It is their choice. God will even go as far as to work in their hearts, but the choice is up to the individual. And He desires for all people to be saved.
3. It must trump current residence.
The citizenship of the Christian is much greater than the country they live!
One thing that should disgust Christians and non-Christians alike is when we wrap the USA flag around the cross. The Christian flag should be flown higher than the USA flag, or whatever nation you reside, because that is the Church's true, higher citizenship (at least in your heart it should fly higher). The Christian flag should go to the right of the speaker, should be at the center of the grouping of flags, should be lit brighter at night, etc... Just to help us remember that we are a part of a bigger calling. We are citizens of heaven, living as ambassadors here, to represent God in whatever country we reside. Now there is nothing wrong with your country's flag, or voting, or paying taxes (you should obey the government in as much as it doesn't contradict a clear teaching in Scripture), but we need to keep this proper perspective.
Lastly, does this mean a Christian is better or has a "moral highroad", as my friend Andrew likes to debate? No. But we, through Christ's teachings, have a transferred citizenship upon receiving Christ as our savior and Lord.
Verses you need to look up to see this clearly-
1 Peter 2:10
2 Corinthians 5:20
1 Peter 2:11