Dual citizenship … That’s how it works for those who swear allegiance to “The Kingdom of Heaven” and also an earthly kingdom! And the reality is, for Christians, one trumps the other if there is a conflict of loyalty, values or “law.” And in that case, the “Kingdom of Heaven” (it’s laws and values) must win!.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I seek to be a good citizen of the United States! I pay my taxes, I vote, I obey it’s laws (insofar as they do not violate my “higher allegiance”)… and I pray fervently for our President (whoever he or she is), our Congress, Supreme Court, as well as state and local leaders. I seek to be a positive influence and contributor within my nation, my community and my neighborhood. But my primary allegiance is to my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ (my Savior) the Holy Spirit, and the guidance of God’s word.
Which brings me to the purpose of this post today…
I’m concerned… I fear some of my Christian friends have lost sight of where their “primary allegiance” is to be placed. They seem to prioritize political solutions for the ills in society… they look to political leaders to function as their “messiah”… for legislation to deal decisively with fundamentally “sin” problems. All of those things have their place, and our influence as Christians should be felt, but ultimately, as a Christian, I am a member of “the Kingdom of Heaven” … that is my primary loyalty – and my primary accountability is to God!
It’s a tension I live with every day… dual citizenship!
That’s why what I read this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” is so important to me…
Here’s my primary loyalty (or if “push comes to shove” as some say)… “Since I call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear! For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Peter 1:17-19 ESV)
So, I purpose to do my best to be a “good citizen” of the United States (my country of physical origin)… but my PRIMARY LOYALTY is to the “Kingdom of Heaven” – my Heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus Christ (my Savior), the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and God’s Word.