Patriotism in the Church
This weekend is the fourth of July. The day the United States of America celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
With the state of the world and the country as it is now it is important to go back to our foundations, both politically and religiously.
What is the role of patriotism in the modern church?
I worked for the military during my college years, to some that is the definition of a patriot. Someone who is willing to put their life on the line in service of this country.
While we respect our country and can love our country it is important to remember its flaws and work to improve them. Blind love and trust will not bring us to a future to be proud of.
Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that "we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." We can fight for our country in ways beyond being shipped overseas to a physical war. We can fight for our country through prayer. Pray for our leaders, our soldiers, for wisdom, for those educating and investing in the future of our children.
When you celebrate this Saturday I want you to consider if you get this excited over Christ or do you put your loyalty to your country, your sports, your school, etc. over your loyalty to the kingdom of Christ? When you so ardently defend America or your favorite politician in conversation would you be willing to do the same for Jesus? Matthew 6:4 says, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." This extends beyond money. One cannot serve(worship) both God and sports; both God and politics; both God and chocolate cake.
Do you place the trust of your future in God's hands or in the government?
Our foundation as individuals should be the bible and Christ's guidance not the words of men. As a country, we should look to the Lord for guidance in our handling with others.
As we end the week I would like you to meditate over, study through, chew the cud of, and consider the meaning behind the words of Proverbs 29.
(The Proverbs are a book of wise sayings, not guarantees/promises. Remember to apply our study on Hermeneutics and Exegesis to the Chapter.)