Kingdom Over Country

As I continue sharing my Lenten journey through my blog, each Wednesday will be day I shift my focus to a new topic. Last week, I wrote about putting more faith in the Kingdom of God than worldly politics. Although we say that we believe that should be true, our actions do not line up. We are too often more driven by our elephants and our donkeys than by our Jesus.

This next week, I will share some reminders (mostly to myself) that my citizenship is in the Kingdom of Heaven. I shared yesterday that while there are things to be thankful for living in the country I do, it is not my primary home. I am first and foremost a citizen of the Kingdom of God.

So what does this mean? Should I withdraw and live as a hermit? Should I just muddle through life in society without getting too involved? Should I vote? Should I protest? Should I just step back and offer hospitality to those I come in contact with?

What does it mean to be a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven while living in an earthly country?

And how can I maintain that citizenship without really annoying my non-Christian friends?

What am I willing to give up? And what am I willing to pick up?

And if I am going to claim that I am a citizen in God’s Kingdom, am I willing to stand up to and speak out against people I typically agree with politically when they are saying and promoting evil things? Am I willing to call a lie a lie? Am I willing to say, “Enough.”? Am I willing to act as if my faith determines my belief instead of my party’s platform determining my belief?

My journey may not be the same as yours. But as I consider what I am trying to give up during this season, I realize that I must give up my reliance on anything other than God. I would love to hear from you if you further down that road or if you haven’t started yet. Let’s share together.

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