Citizenship

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We often hear people say things like, “Please pray for America to return to the once great Christian nation it was.” People post articles on social media sites trying to explain how we in America have fallen so far from the values of the founding fathers. But, what if America was never the “Christian Nation” we think it was? What if America never will be that kind of nation?

From a Christian perspective, America holds a special place in the world. Since its inception, America has stood upon the foundation of religious freedom and liberty. But, that doesn’t mean America was, is, or should be a Christian nation. In fact, I would challenge anyone to establish a government anywhere in this world that can truly claim to be 100% Christian. Not only do I believe it’s improbable, but it’s a deception; a pervasive and subversive deception from the greatest deceiver the world have ever known…

Imagine for a moment a world where Christians didn’t waste so much of their time concerning themselves with trying to change America by voting for the “right” people or insisting that America as a nation must be a place where all of our government officials are followers of Christ. What these people are doing is falling for a lie. Satan is misdirecting their attention and hearts onto a nation that, like all the world’s nations in history, will not last forever. Satan is deceiving Christians into believing that in order to fix the world, we must fix America. But, is this what Christianity is really all about? What’s happening in the meantime to Christianity? It’s becoming more divided, less potent, and more concerned with the things of the world than the things above. Now, imagine if Christians woke up to this fact and put their attention back where it belongs; on the TRUE, ETERNAL nation of Christ! How much would the church grow? How far could faith reach? How angry would Satan be?

Consider now where your citizenship lies…Is 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Who is King? Upon Whom does the government, the TRUE government, rest? Are you a citizen of an eternal kingdom, or one that is doomed to go the way of Rome? Satan wants you to believe your value as a human being rests on whether or not America stands, but don’t believe it Christian. Don’t believe it for a moment. Turn your heart away from a belief in the world back to God’s eternal Kingdom.

Phil 3:18-21 “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, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”

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