I wrestle with the idea of "pledging allegiance" to a country. I try to be patriotic. I am thankful that I live in the USA. In many ways, our nation has been blessed by God.
We are not a Christian nation.
We have never been a Christian nation.
As a follower of Jesus, I pledge my allegiance to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. I will be committed to my country except when that commitment is in opposition to the higher authority of Jesus Christ. My allegiance is first and foremost to Jesus.
I think that to often in American Christianity, we have confused allegiance to country with allegiance to the KING. As a result, we often follow the empire of freedom, democracy, individualism, hedonism, and materialism. We need to follow the path that leads to suffering, self denial, loving your neighbor as yourself, and taking up your cross daily.
I relate to those in chapter 11 of Hebrews. In verses 13-16 they are described as:
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive
the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And
they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on
earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a
country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left,
they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they
were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is
not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
As a Christian, do you ever feel this kingdoms in conflict tension? How do you feel about pledging allegiance to America?