For God and Country?

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“No one can serve two masters, because either he will hate one and love the other, or be loyal to one and despise the other…” – Matthew 6:24; International Standard Version

“You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other…” – Matthew 6:24; The Message

Many look at this verse and they know what comes next: “You cannot serve God and riches!”

We all know that God and money don’t go well together. In fact, many people have taken this verse to mean that they must despise all matter of great income and riches. That’s not true. But that’s not my point here.

You may have noticed that the title of this post is “For God and Country?”. There is a very good reason for this.

In America, I constantly hear phrases such as:

American Christian
American Muslim
American Buddhist
American Hindu

You get the picture. There are these hybrids of people who are serving two masters. The worst of these are the so-called American Christians.

As my good friend Tim Whitaker pointed out in in his post The Sore Losers……..Christians, Christians have been pretty nasty during this election season, especially since Obama was voted back into office. There have been so many racial slurs, so much bashing over the President’s religion, so much negativity that one would be surprised to learn that Christians are the biggest culprits. I thought we were supposed to love our neighbors and honor our government (for more information, see my post Christians and the Government).

Here’s the problem: these people are American and Christian. They are serving two masters, worshiping two gods: America and the LORD God.

What was it Jesus said? “You can’t worship two gods…” Interesting. We can’t worship two gods.

So, why are so many Christians trying to worship two gods? Why have they raised America to the status of a divine power to be worshiped?

Our lives need to be one or the other. We must either serve America or God. Not both.

Honor the government, yes. Follow the laws of the country in which you reside, yes. But don’t put your country above your God. Don’t make service to your country more important to service to your God.

Don’t forget that your Kingdom, your citizenship, is not of this world. You are a citizen of God’s Kingdom and simply a stranger, an immigrant, in America.

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