Tomorrow is the day America celebrates its founding. One of my Facebook friends announced that as a follower of Jesus, and therefore a citizen of no earthly realm, he steers clear of national celebrations. He has a point, especially in a time when, for many, the word “Christian” has become so entangled with nationalism.
On the one hand, I too am a Jesus follower (who seldom calls himself a “Christian” because of the baggage the word has acquired). As Christ’s ambassador I owe my allegiance to him alone.
On the other hand, ambassadors are called to support the land to which they are sent. If they see some injustice or need they’re able to address, or observe something worthy of celebrating, does not their King require them to do so? Still, a good ambassador will steer clear of political entanglements, never forgetting Who he or she represents.
Therefore, I may call myself a patriot (although that term too has acquired baggage of late), but not a nationalist. I will celebrate this nation’s extraordinary history (without labelling it superior to all others), strive to make it better, and honor it in any way I can.
But I will never cease to serve my King.
“For God was, in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”
~2 Corinthians 5:19-20