I’m concerned about the hyper-nationalism being displayed by many of my fellow believers. When you listen to some, its easy to get the impression that the success of God’s efforts in the world are inseparably linked to the success of the United States of America. Some appear to be more concerned with American “ideals” rather than God’s will. Can we take a deep breath and remember some important words?
“Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm”” (John 18:36). “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ...” (Philippians 3:20). “But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). “All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them” (Hebrews 11:13–16). Do these Scriptures still apply? If not, why not?
Make no mistake. I love my homeland, but this land is not my real home. I value my citizenship, but I have an even greater one. My allegiance to the flag is not as important as my allegiance to God. Now if these commitments make me less than a patriot, so be it. My calling is to seek God’s kingdom and righteousness first of all (Matthew 6:33).
God loves you!