American Christians…. Dual Citizenship

The response to the Wednesday blog was overwhelming to say the least. It was not the popular Christian response of the day, but I hope it was a positive one. It’s also not my usual blog fodder. I usually write about what the Lord is doing in my own small world in an attempt to bring a smile or to encourage, but having two kids working at Chick-fil-a brought what was happening in our country to my doorstep.

I understand that everyone who participated in the Wednesday Chick-fil-a Day did not do so as a part of any “holy war” type activity. (I use holy war a bit tongue-in-cheek here) Freedom of speech is one of the pillars this country was founded upon, and buying chicken on Wednesday was the best and easiest way for many to show immediate support of that right.

So as an American, to stand up for freedom of speech for any or all of us is not only a right, but also a duty. Yet as Christians, we have dual citizenship. So as Christians, Citizens of Heaven even now, should we really have been so surprised that Mr. Cathy, and his right to free speech, was challenged so strongly? Are we not so well acquainted with the Adversary that we don’t recognize him? It is his job to steal, kill, and destroy, right?

It is our job to have a heavenly perspective on what is going on around us. We have to learn to view life, in these last days, though the lenses of Scripture.

Christians have enjoyed quite a long history of peace and tranquility here in the land of the free and the home of the brave, but the Bible promises us that because of Jesus, we will have trouble. Did we consider it was true, maybe, of other places, but not here in the United States of America? Quite possibly.

Doesn’t the Bible tell us that we will be hated because of the name of Jesus? It does… in several places. Luke 21:17, Matthew 10:22, and Mark 13:13 for starters. Jesus didn’t warn Hindus, or Muslims, or Hare Krishnas, or the Pastafarians. (It’s a real religion, Google it) He warned only His followers of what they would be in for if they followed Him. So why are we so surprised when it happens? We do take Him at His word, yes?

The Biblical truths that make so much sense to those of us who have been adopted into the body of Christ seem foolhardy to the world. This, too, is spoken of in Scripture.

The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables:

Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. 
Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.

But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. Matthew 10:13-17

So they think, “Who are Christians to think they have a corner on the marriage market? Who are they to define what marriage is?”

They just won’t understand. Can’t understand. It’s intended to be that way. It’s just a perk of being a part of the body. It’s like a secret handshake or something. Only until the Holy Spirit moves, and the scales fall from their eyes, will they see and understand the truth. Protests, pointed fingers and haughty arguments do nothing to change hearts. Those things only build up walls of resistance to truth.

While all the mud slinging does not particularly please me, it does much to reassure me that Scripture is true… even the tough parts. Even the parts that tell me that being a Christian won’t always be a walk in the park. Because as we see those things play our before us, we can also trust in the wonderful parts of Scripture. The parts like this from Romans:

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

It is because of those kinds of assurances in Scripture that we can face the poisoned arrows and threats to our faith and beliefs. As Christians we have eyes to see and ears to hear what is really going on in all of this.

IF we pay attention.

IF we don’t hastily jump on a bandwagon without thinking first.

If we choose being Citizens of Heaven first then it’s all about perspective and vision. Our American citizenship is temporal. As Christians, we need to hold onto what is eternal first, and act in the temporal based on that.

So how could Christians have made their point about free speech on Wednesday, and still represented their heavenly citizenship well? Still represented their dual citizenship well? One way would have to have gone to Chick-fil-a and given donations for Chick-fil-a to feed the hungry, or bought the nuggets to give to someone who would have missed a meal. It doesn’t have to be either/or. It almost never does.

What are some other ideas of better responses based on our Heavenly citizenship? Because, rest assured, this is only just beginning.

4 thoughts on “American Christians…. Dual Citizenship

  1. Stacey,

    As a sister in the body of Christ I felt compelled to reply once more.

    You right we dont agree. It sounds as if you are encouraging believers to follow the path of least resistance. I don’t hear that call! It is more than exercising our right to free speech. We must take a stand for God’s word and principles. It doesn’t mean “hate”or “stick it to em” when some of God’s people do. I am far from hating someone bc of their sin. I am a sinner to, just saved by grace. I dont measure up, but God’s word does. We have to remind the world there is a God and He has a standard and we are not the ones to change his standard of marriage. The truth will “set them free”!

    You said in an earlier post that you didnt believe – supporting CFA day was scriptural. I am reminded of the Old Testament Prophets who warned sinful cities, Paul in Acts who told the people of pagan cities they weere worshipping false gods. John the Baptist. Why did he lose his head? He told Herrod is marriage was sinful. I am reminded of Martin Luther. The evangelist that rose up in this country and brought on what is known as “The Great Awakening”. What about the patriots of the Revolutionary War? They were called traitors. We’re they traiors? Where would we be if they were afraid of offending and remained silent? You mentioned in your early post that you didn’t think it was scriptural. I found supporting CFA was very scriptural.

    I say all the above in love in gentleness.

  2. I think I am getting under your skin, Jan! I hope that we can count on the “iron sharpens iron” to hold true here.

    You mention Paul. I recall the time he was wrongly imprisoned in a Roman jail, and rather than calling upon the church to protest his incarceration, he and his friend Silas sang praises. At midnight the ground shook and the doors opened. The sleeping jailer woke up and saw the doors opened and was about to kill himself because he just knew that all his prisoners were gone. But rather than justifiably leaving, Paul, Silas and the other prisoners were still there. Paul was more concerned in the jailer’s eternal life than his own temporal one. In the morning, because hearts were changed, not because anyone marched or protested, Paul and Silas were released.

    I do believe there is a time for the church to rise up. We are called upon in scripture to defend the weak and provide for the poor. I fully support my friends in the A21Campaign and CompassiontoAct who fight for the freedom of girls who are victims of human trafficking. They risk their lives and the lives of their families everyday for the freedom of those girls. I also support my friends in the 410Bridge who work to help the people of Kenya and Haiti to rise above their poverty, improve their education and healthcare, and know that Jesus loves them. It is these things we are called to in scripture.

    Our greatest mandate all of in scripture is to go and tell the world about the good news of Jesus. Do we want change in our government? Then win their hearts for Jesus. Do we want God back in our schools, then win the hearts of the teachers, school board members, and again, government officials. If we want real change in this country it will come from every person who loves Jesus, sharing his name and telling their story to one person at a time. It will come from our humbling ourselves and praying. This is not the path of least resistance. This is a path that will bring us trouble for that’s when the real resistance will come.

    I do appreciate that you have read my blog and that it is stirring something within you. Even though we disagree. I am feeling called these days to more of an eternal perspective on this temporal life. This are the things I have tried to share in my last couple of posts.

    Grace and peace,
    Stacey

  3. Stacey,
    Thank you for reminding me and so many other believers of what really matters in this world. I believe your perspective on CFA Day was divinely inspired. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    Kim

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