I am blessed to be an American. Living in the land of opportunity makes me thankful. Being a citizen of this country leaves me with no excuse if I don’t follow the plan of God for my life.
There’s very little chance that I could lose my life for proclaiming God’s Word on the streets or from house to house in this country.
Chances are I won’t be arrested, interrogated, or detained for trusting in Christ as my Saviour. That’s absolutely something to be thankful for.
Something even more powerful and freeing than my US citizenship is my citizenship in the Kingdom of God.
Some believe their US citizenship trumps everything. Even some self-proclaimed “evangelicals” preach and teach from an earthly citizenship perspective rather than the heavenly perspective.
Kingdom citizenship doesn’t require you to weigh-in on every earthly political issue. Sometimes, it’s best to leave that stuff to the pundits.
Is that to say that Kingdom citizens should never deal with the political fray to uphold Kingdom values? Of course not. But we must carefully and prayerfully stay above the fray, from a Kingdom perspective.
In Philippians 3:20, Paul says that our citizenship is in Heaven. In Verse 19, he points out that the enemies of God have earthly thoughts and ideas.
Please don’t have more in common with verse 19 than you do with verse 20.
If we are thinking and dwelling on earthly matters from an earthly perspective more than we are from the Kingdom perspective, something is wrong.
Paul said, “We eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”
Everything is under His control. How incredible is that thought?
If I truly believe everything is under His control, why would I waste my time on earthly matters and perspectives?
Kingdom people should be compassionate, caring people who love the least of these. We should never approach an issue from a perspective of pride or prejudice.
Christians have dual-citizenship.
Just remember which of the two is most important.