Patriotism. Everyone is doing it. There are Ameri…

Patriotism.

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. 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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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jessica on December 2, 2006 at 2:20 pm

    Amen Brother!!!
    This was as though you read my thoughts exactly and wrote them down for me. Hard topic, easy choice, if you truly want to follow God and imitate His son.
    Thanks for saying it!!

    Reply

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