“Country First” not an Option for Evangelicals
One political party this fall advocates a platform of “Country First”. Although there would be many citizens who, for very understandable reasons, advocate this position, it is not a viable option for Evangelical Christians.
Evangelical Christians share the conviction that their first and primary task in life is to love God completely with their entire heart, mind, strength, and soul. They are also called to obey the second part of this command: to love their neighbors as themselves.
The church community is the place where Christian believers learn that their loyalties lie with another kingdom. Through worship, the preaching of the Word, and the sharing of the Lord’s Supper, Christians practice another kind of citizenship, one not at home in this world. This future world, called the kingdom of God, beckons Christians to live a different kind of life — now. In this kingdom, there is no debt, no isolation, no ostracism, and no despair. Everyone has enough in this kingdom. Christians must lean into this reality now, living as if heaven invaded the present. Therefore, in all they do, Evangelical Christians are to love and serve all people everywhere — especially their (former) enemies.
Christians must refuse all allegiances that supersede their commitment to God and neighbor. We encourage Evangelical Christians to refuse putting “Country First”.
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