Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews
(NIV) I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
1 Peter 1:1
“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia”
With San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick making the concept of the pledge of allegiance and patriotism a viral topic right now, we thought we’d chime in and remind Christians that interestingly, more of us need to adopt his approach to patriotism in some way. When you cover your heart and pledge allegiance to any country, can you look Jesus Christ in the eyes on Judgment Day and tell Him that the nation you are pledging your heart and mind to is 100% for Jesus Christ and adopts all of His commandments? If not, then you are pledging your heart and mind to a Satanic system! There is no middle ground; either you are for Jesus 100% or against Him! Recall that Jesus Christ gave us the daily prayer, which is our daily pledge to commit our minds and hearts to the New Jerusalem and to our Heavenly Father, and to express love in the example of Jesus Christ, which does not include the shedding of blood for worldly reasons as these nations do today or the promoting of sinful behavior and the abominations that the nations of the world are promoting, particularly the U.S. and Europe, which have embraced abominations such as homosexual marriage (the first time in the history of mankind) and promoting Satan over Jesus Christ. There is nowhere in the New Testament where we are specifically instructed to be patriotic towards any country or to practice any form of patriotism, which is a thinly veiled form of state worship. We are only to respect those in authority, but respect and patriotism/state worship are very different concepts. As we see in the temptation of Jesus Christ, all of these kingdoms are temporarily in Satan’s hands until Jesus Christ returns. Until such time, we are “strangers’ in the world; not of the world, but in the world. We are to respect authorities as they are put in place by our Heavenly Father to maintain some sense of order, but at the same time, we must be mindful of the fact that at any moment, these governments can try to force us to worship them, either overtly or covertly. We have to be careful not to confuse these two important concepts.
For more coverage on the concept of being foreigners in this world, view this link here.