My American Jesus

My American Jesus

“For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” - Philippians 3:18-20

I have long been shocked and ashamed of my brethren’s equation of nationalism and Christianity. It has been proposed, on a number of occasions, that to fight for the American way is to fight for God’s way. It has been insinuated that we, of all countries, are God’s favorites. We can forget that God is not American.

Our nationality has no bearing on our standing before God. God’s purposes are not national. He definitively tells Pilate that he is a king and for that purpose he was born, but he also states that His kingdom is not of this world. It’s rules, authority, boundaries, and lands are not confined in this earth and certainly not in one country.

There is much to love about American and I certainly am blessed by being apart of this nation, but there is much for which I am ashamed of my country. There are many paths that I cannot follow them down. My hope and dreams will never rise and fall with this people. My citizenship is in heaven. My loyalties lay with God. All my hope and dreams will rest where He is our light.