Something that I’ve been starting to notice over the last couple of years, has been this belief from the American Church that puts America above everything; including God. It’s under the disguise of, “God wants us to be strong patriots for our country, because when we do things in the name of America, we do it for God!” Which is completely false and unbiblical. This especially became true when people protested during the singing of the national anthem.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love America! Born and raised in the U.S. of A. I grew up within a hours drive from the place The Star Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key, I like to be that loud American that chants- “U! S! A! U! S! A!, and I will also gladly join our military should this beautiful country need defending.
The goal of this blog isn’t to say being patriotic is wrong; but it is about taking look at where our allegiance lies as followers of Jesus.
So, with all of that context, let’s drive into this thing.
1. God Ain’t In Politics.
I’m going to start out by saying that God is neither a Republican or a Democrat. Crazy I know! God is also not a nation. He is no longer the God of a single nation, he is a God of every living thing. He does not confine himself to a humanistic idea that limits his ability to rule or act; rather, he shows us time and time again he lives in a kingdom that goes against such ideas. It’s the upside down kingdom, not some Stranger Things darkness, but one that shows us he doesn’t do the things we do, or think the things that we think.
When we realise that, we start to see the actual goal of the Kingdom of Heaven being at hand. It’s meant to be different on all fronts. It’s not supposed to look like anything we’ve seen before, but something that is legitimately other-worldly. Something that makes people stand out and challenge belief systems (Matt. 18:4) Who cares if a nation is “christian” or not, I would rather care that we live out the Christ’s kingdom.
2. Loyalties, Loyalties, Loyalties. (K-Dot style)
Our loyalties are not dependant on where we live, or who we’re under, but on who we serve. The bible was never written for Americans who only express with their words their love for God, but for the believers who act out their love for Jesus and follow his Spirit that live in America. However and whenever people protest shouldn’t matter; what should matter is who’s kingdom we’re valuing more- Heaven’s or America’s.
Heaven should have the last say over our nation, not the other way around (Joshua 5:13-14). Who runs our government shouldn’t depend on if they believe in Jesus or not, what should matter is that we constantly prayer for God to bless our nation since his promises for those who follow him are, “yes and amen.” Just because we have a “christian” leader in our nation doesn’t actually mean we are a christian nation. God uses all things to bless his people, so we shouldn’t define our blessings by our human leader. The bible shows us that our loyalties shouldn’t be in the physical- body, materials, rulers, or status; but in his kingdom. The kingdom that never ends, can never be shaken, and is worth eternity.
Kendrick Lamar says it best, “Tell me who you loyal to
Do it start with your woman or your man?
Do it end with your family and friends?
Or you’re loyal to yourself in advance?
I said, tell me who you loyal to
Is it anybody that you would lie for?
Anybody you would slide for?
Anybody you would die for?
That’s what God for.”