Here in the United States, this is the week we celebrate our national independence and freedom. We all enjoy the sense of pride we feel at this time, and we celebrate the freedoms we have. We all enjoy watching the fireworks shows and enjoy the many ways of celebrating with friends and family.
I, along with most Americans, love my country. I certainly don’t agree with everything that goes on, and I don’t say we are anywhere near a perfect country. I also can’t agree that we are a Christian country, or one nation under God. But I do think, in my opinion, that this is one of the greatest countries and I am very happy living here.
So many opportunities, so many good things and so much abundance for most of us. So many people served our country and gave their lives for it. I am so appreciative.
We have a democracy and freedom that a lot of people do not have, although as time goes by, it seems we are losing more and more of them. Yet, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
The political system that has been set up in our country gives everyone the right, freedom and opportunity to vote and/or run for office. I do have a problem with the fact that so many Christians feel that being a Christian means being a Republican. Truthfully, these days I think our political situation is one where neither party is totally moral or completely trust-worthy, so I certainly do not put my hope or trust in any political group.
Yet, as Christians we know that our true citizenship is in heaven. Our true leader is Jesus. When it comes right down to it, our all-out allegiance is to God.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with loving and respecting your country. Like Jesus said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s”. No matter which country you live in, you have grown up there and love your country. Yet, although we are separated by countries and political systems, those who are followers of Christ are united in being citizens of the Kingdom of God.
We do need to remember that our loyalty is not to be to any country or political system. Our true loyalty is to the Kingdom of God. Our true allegiance is to God and living as one with our Father.
Be free to celebrate the good things we have in this country. Respect the people who have given so much for the freedom we enjoy. But keep in mind that this is not our home. Our home is with God, we live in the Kingdom of God, and no matter what country you live in, God is within you. Let His life flow out of you to show others the love and freedom He has given to each of us by grace, through Christ.