We live in a time when the allegiance of the American Christian must change…and it is something that is long overdue.
We have willingly been sucked into the political (both left and right) and nationalistic games of our day without any hesitation. In doing so…we have compromised the very allegiance and identity we are to have only in Jesus Christ and his Kingdom by giving our pledge of allegiance to political ideologies and the interests of nation-states, and then assuming their identity and their character.
We have given our allegiance to man-made ideas and man-made governments that are as sturdy as sand. We fight, argue, defend, and spend enormous amounts of time, energy, and effort investing in those things to which we have given our allegiance. The profoundly sad and tragic truth is that we are significantly quicker to defend and fight for our life and liberty as citizens of the United States than we are to stand firm in our allegiance to Jesus Christ without compromising our identity in his Kingdom. Do you see the problem?
The great tragedy of the American Christian is that we want to have two lovers in the same bed at the same time…but there is only room for one. We want to chase, pursue, and work hard for one lover…while the other lover jealously waits for our full fidelity. And we consistently compromise our marriage vows to our faithful spouse while we rampantly pursue and seductively try to charm and tame the untamable mistress. She cannot be tamed…and we are mistaken if we believe we can tame her.
The Christian ought not have allegiance to or affinity toward ANY ideological, political, or governmental system of the world. The Scriptures state that there is great satanic power that works in the kingdoms of the world to oppress and destroy humanity, and has been working to this end from the beginning of time. Any system in the world may fall prey to this destructive power. That does not mean we ought not pray for our leaders or our governments to exemplify God’s justice and mercy in the world, but it does mean that we ought to be vigilant and stand guard against giving our pledge of allegiance to it.
If history is anything, it ought to be regarded as a way to learn from our past so as to not make the same mistakes again. As such, history ought to give caution and pause to people of faith who put their hope, faith, and trust in any ideological, political, or governmental system.
The late Art Katz, a messianic Jew, recounted the relationship and affinity German Jews had to the cultural, scientific, and economic development of Germany:
[We] were so deeply ensconced as Germans with a 2000-year tenure in Germany, though we were Jews…the fact of the matter was that we were more German than we were Jewish. And though the dark clouds gathered, we could not believe what they indicated. And we said, in that human way that does not want to recognize painful things, “This too shall pass.” The tragic thing was…it didn’t.
And who could have imagined that the land of Beethoven, Hegel, Nitsche, Schopenhauer, Gerda, and Schiller could be the land of the systematic annihilation of the Jewish people. It was inconceivable. And because the Jews were so taken up with the virtue of German civilization, they became its victim. They themselves had participated in the creation of the monster…and were instrumental in creating the very civilization that destroyed them.
I don’t want to pretend for a second that the situation of the American Christian is in any way, shape, or form like the plight or suffering of the Jewish Holocaust victims. But this recounting should be a very appropriate caution and lesson for the American Christian who has been incredibly instrumental and influential in the development of the United States. It should further give us pause to the fact that, while we ought to only have one allegiance to Jesus Christ and his Kingdom, we could very well be devoured by the very entity that we helped create and in which we have put our hope, faith, and trust. Do we not see that putting our hope, faith, and trust in any political movement or governmental entity is ultimately a dead-end road?
The Christian is told to not put our hope, faith, and trust in those things of earth that can be shaken. Rather, we are called to put our hope, faith, and trust in that which will never be shaken. So let us only give our allegiance to the King and the Kingdom that will never be shaken, and let us learn the secret of being content in any and all situations while demonstrating the love, justice, and mercies of God to the world.