I want to challenge you to think of your faith in a more global way than just in the United States.
There is a huge debate that goes on that America is a Christian nation. I don’t think this is correct. It certainly does seem to have been founded on some ideas that are part of the Christian faith, but that doesn’t make it a Christian nation today. There is only one Christian nation, according to the Bible, and that is Israel. The New Testament would put into place that the church has now taken on the identity of Israel because the ethnic people forsook God. The church of Jesus Christ exists in all nations, collectively as one nation proclaiming the excellencies of Him who saved us from darkness.
Living in the Bible belt, this portion of the country specifically seems to view that being a Christian is a key component to American culture. Oh, may we never let this happen. The world is not our home. We are exiles in it. Never, can anywhere here seem as a home to us.
When Christianity becomes an American culture asset, the faith turns into something that it is not. Instead of the Great Commission being important, Christ becomes a political figure. Being a Christian then means that we must make sure we stop abortion advocates, promote traditional marriage, save our second amendment rights, and get President Obama impeached. It is as if Jesus’ command has been updated to, “Love your enemies, unless they are a President you disagree with.”
This is not what Jesus left his church in the world for. It is not to participate in American politics, but to preach the Gospel. The glorious Gospel that Christ has come into the world to save sinners through the cross is the only hope for the world.
We must stop bearing the flag and start bearing the cross. It is our only hope. The freedom that the cross gives us is worth so much more than the freedom that the flag gives us.
Jesus doesn’t just love America. He gave the commission to make disciples of all the nations. (Matthew 28:18-20) The key message of the Bible is how God seeks to draw all nations to himself through His Son.
So Christians, do not hate America, but do not make it your home either. For we are foreigners here with no home. The cross of Christ stands in beauty over all the nations, not just America.