Those of you who know me know that I think I have the best job at Plainfield Christian Church. Really, I love my job! One of the biggest reasons is that I am given the opportunity to visit our Global Impact Partners around the world, which allows me to indulge my love of travel. This year I was able to experience the world’s best caramel macchiato in Kosovo, fresh Ukrainian cucumbers, and the best tacos I’ve ever had in Mexico. (Yes, trying new foods is always a personal highlight.) I also love learning about different cultures and experiencing how God is present in each of them.
This may seem contradictory, but I love being American. I was blessed to grow up in a nation where we are free to worship. I was blessed to grow up in a nation whose founders had a Christian worldview. I was blessed to grow up in a country where I had access to a quality education. The blessings are too many to list! Every time I land in the United States I think, “I am glad to be home.”
However, I remember one thing when I travel to visit our partners. I love being American, but the United States is not my ultimate home and Americans are not my ultimate people.
So what is our nationality and who are our people? Revelation 7:9-10 paints a vivid picture of our nation when it says, “I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’”
Revelation 7:9-10 describes a picture of our ultimate nationality. We will be worshiping God with people from around the world. When that happens our nation, tribe, people, and language will no longer matter—only God will matter. We will be united and defined by Him! Should that not also describe the way we think about identity now?
Here is my perspective:
We are citizens of God’s Kingdom. Our ultimate allegiance is to our King, Jesus, and His disciples, wherever they may be from, are our brothers in arms.
This allegiance supersedes our admiration of any political party, political leader, or nation. We desire to mold our lives after Jesus, our King, and not any other agenda.
So, what does this mean for us? I know that this can be a hard truth so I encourage you to remember two things.
Hebrews 13:14 says, “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.”
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world…”
Do not live your life according to what your earthy nation values. Instead, live it according to what King Jesus teaches the citizens of His Kingdom to value.