I love my country! I thank God that such a place exists as the United States of America, and that He put me here. I thank Him for our freedoms and our founders. But as I get ready for the Fourth, I’m reminded of Paul’s words to the church at Philippi: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ […]” (Philippians 3:20, NKJV).
Before I am a citizen of the United States, I am a citizen of the Kingdom of God. (That’s an often-needed reminder to a recovering politics addict.) As Christians, our greatest loyalty must lie with Christ and the Gospel. If we spent even half as much time and energy on making disciples as we do on political victory and the “culture war,” a revival might accidentally break out!
Mark Dinsmore has written a good article on this very subject over at The Berean Call. Go check it out. I can’t say that I necessarily agree with everything he says (e.g., I know God didn’t write the Second Amendment, but I believe true freedom—wherever it exists—exists only as a gift from God.) But any such minor disagreements aside, he makes some excellent points, and the article is worth a read.
Happy Independence Day, brothers and sisters. As we celebrate our earthly freedoms this week, let’s be mindful of our freedom in Christ and the need to share it with others!
“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (II Corinthians 3:17, NKJV).
“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36, NKJV).