Posted by: dustinmartyr | April 20, 2007

Should Christians be Patriotic?

Everyone is doing it. There are American flags all over the place. You can hardly drive down your street without seeing those cute little ribbons. Most sporting events start off with a singing of the National Anthem. Most people identify the United States with God’s country or a christian nation. From its founding to current events, most people would assume God’s people formed and keep His land. The funny thing is, this is not God’s nation.Yes I said it. This nation does not belong to our heavenly Father. Neither do any of the nations of our world. Before you write me off as crazy, flip your Bibles open to Revelation 11:15. It reads something like this: “At the seventh trumpet, the kingdoms of this world will be turned into the kingdom of God and of His Christ.” What can we learn from this verse? Well, it’s actually quite simple. At the sounding of the 7th trumpet (a future event) all of the world’s kingdoms will come under control of the One God and His Messiah. So, in turn, the world’s nations and kingdoms currently do not belong to God and Jesus. So, who do they belong to? I will allow the Bible again to speak on this matter:

Galatians 1:4 – This is presently the evil age.

2 Corinthians 4:4 – Satan is the god of this age.

1 John 5:19 – The whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

Revelation 12:9 – Satan is currently deceiving all of the nations.

It seems that the kingdoms of the world that we read about in Revelation 11:15 currently belong to Satan, the real external devil. This may sound appalling or ridiculous, yet the Scriptures need to be our guide for truth, not popular religion, the media, or the opinion of your local televangelist.

So, what does this truth have to do with patriotism? Well, quite a lot when you think about it. Let’s start with the pledge of allegence. It goes something like this: “I pledge allegence to the flag of the United States of America…” Who are we pledging ourselves to? To the symbol of one of Satan’s nations? Yes, read it again, people everyday in public schools are pledging themselves to the devil’s country.

Where else can we take it? Voting. We are voting for leaders of a nation that is run by the devil. You should be voting and campaigning for the Messiah, Jesus the Christ. He is the only one who is fit to take the government upon him (Isa. 9:7). At best, one must choose the “lesser of two evils.” Why choose evil at all?

The list can go on and on once you get to thinking about it (take another thought at saluting). In reality, this nation is clearly not a God-fearing nation. Homosexuality is rampant. Our favorite shows are American Idol, Desperate Housewives, and Will and Grace. These shows glorify things that are an abomination to a holy God. Sex before marriage is so common. Game shows that support covetousness are on the rise. Babies are being had out of wedlock, and the divorce rate is higher in the “church” than outside of it in some states. One nation under God? Maybe if that god is Satan.

Let’s make it our commitment to side with Jesus and his ethics for the coming kingdom which are written out in Matthew 5-7. These should be the ideals for our lives as we continue to be aliens and pilgrims in a land that is obviously not our own. And above all, let our continual prayer be that which flowed from the mouth of our Lord: “Thy Kingdom Come!”

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Responses

  1. If you really think that all current countries are “of the devil” I would challenge you to look at Romans 13:1-2 which directly says that all authority is placed over us by God. We are all sinners, so there is no perfect ruler until Christ. While we, as christians, don’t agree with Barack Obama, for example, we are commanded in scripture to respect him and submit to him. I hate that he agrees with abortion. But so what? I am an American, and God set that up. And how dare I not be prowd of something so deeply rooted in God’s plan and will.

  2. Doesn’t the Scripture tell us that the Apostate Church (all apostate Christianity) comes riding in on the back of political Babylon?
    Do we really want to be so politically involved that we desire to take rule and authority over this country through such politcal means?
    Carefully consider …

  3. In the Romans passage quoted above, the term usually translated “ordained,” “instituted,” etc. should more properly be translated as “ordered” or “permitted”. According to Genesis, human government (the City) was originally instituted by Cain. By cursing the ground, God left Cain two alternatives; return to shepherding as a career, or innovate. Cain chose to innovate and established the first city. The next several references to cities in Genesis are all negative; Nimrod was a figure similar to but “greater” than Cain when one considers the number of cities he established. Babel led to the confusion of tongues, and Sodom and Gomorrah – well, what can we say?

    God suffers human government because it does present an alternative to total anarchy. He permitted ungodly nations to punish and, at times, rule over Israel, but Israel was clearly his beloved and this is clearly not his ideal. His stated preference in I Samuel 8 is for mankind to recognize Him as Lord and King and submit to Him alone as ruler.

    dustinmartyr’s point above is even America desires and requires our ultimate allegiance. When the Nation-State requires us to chose between obeying God and obeying the State it exalts itself over God. It does this in many small ways every day, and it does this in a big way when it requests (requires) from us the ultimate sacrifice of kill or be killed.

    As Christians belonging to the larger body of the Church, we are not called to “take rule and authority over this country through such politcal means” but to manifest an alternative society through the Church as a witness to the State as stated in Eph 3:10 “so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.”

  4. As Christians, we are ambassadors and aliens to Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20; 1 Peter 2:11) and not of this world (Romans 12:2; John 17:16; 1 John 2:15). As we all know, aliens and ambassadors are not allowed to vote in their host nations or partake of their politics. As a result, true Christians can not take place in the politics of this world. We have to obey our leaders and pray for them unless they command us to do something that would make us disobey God (Romans 13:1-2; 1 Timothy 2:1-3; Acts 5:29). It is as simple as that, we are not Americans, we are only Christians and belong to Christ and his kingdom and as Christ said, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36)

  5. Folks, I am going to be preaching on this tomorrow, so I thought I would chime in. I think it is entirely appropriate and expected for Christians to be patriotic, especially if the government, an “allowed” institution (Romans 13:1-3), is doing good and promoting righteousness.

    The idea that all government is essentially of the Devil, or Cain, or whatever, is to suggest that everything originally created outside of the garden of Eden is to be shunned.

    Now, when Patrick said, “It is as simple as that, we are not Americans, we are only Christians and belong to Christ and his kingdom..,” I am forced to remember the arguments of Paul. He was a Christian, and a Jew, AND a Roman. Precisely because of his Roman citizenship was he able to escape the death penalty and appeal his case before Rome.

    All governments are the same, regardless of their size. God has “allowed” them to exist to fulfill His purposes on earth, whether they be for protection, peace, or the execution of judgment (Daniel 2:21). As our authorities, we are to submit to them (1 Timothy 2:1-6), as to the Lord, as long as we are not forced to go against God. By doing so, we become an example to others of humility.

    But the whole idea of being “Patriotic” is an onion with many layers. For an American, I believe that patriotism, especially for the Christian, has at it’s core the understanding that our nation is unique in human history. Though we were not a theocracy, we were formed with purpose to promote the very thing Jesus died for – Freedom. No, that wasn’t the whole story on the cross, but freedom from bondage to sin and death (Luke 4:18) to live in grace is beautifully paralleled in our Constitution. America is about freedom, and not just for its own citizens, but for the world. “We are endowed by our Creator…” with certain rights that man can’t give, only preserve and protect.

    When I look at an American flag, I don’t see tyranny and oppression; sleazy politics or bought elections; greedy capitalists or land barons; I see the representation of men and women who for 235 years have given their “life, liberty, and sacred honor” for the cause of freedom. To be a patriot is to be proud of what America is (or at least was) about – the liberation of man from the bondage of tyranny, so that he may live in freedom the way his Creator intended.

    Lastly, I have to say that to avoid political activity is to invite destruction on top of your head. We are to be examples to “rulers and authorities,” but we are also responsible for Godly leadership. The command to pray for our leaders would have to assume that having a godly, Christian leader would be ideal. What, are we to pray only for sinners who want to rule us?

    Proverbs 8:16 KJV – “By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.”

    Happy 4th.

  6. The first Guy got it rite ! The government are allowed by God not put in place by God! And the sad thing is that this preacher A.C Baker has a total misunderstanding of Jesus ! He didn’t come down here preaching Freedom nor was that even his purpose ! He preach the good news of the Kingdom! What is a kingdom ! Government ! Government ruled by Christ ! That’s the only government that true christian put faith in or swear allegiance to . Dan 2:44. This government will crush and put a end to all man made government ! But will also crush and put a end to all those who support them !!! Ex pledge allegiance , vote for,get involve with politics . That’s the truth folks. Read and study your bibles people ! Then you won’t have to worry about people like A.C Baker misleading you ! And think about it people if he has this very simple but basic principle wrong about Jesus ,what else does he have wrong !!!!


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