“But you are God’s chosen and special people. You are a group of royal priests and a holy nation.” – 1 Peter 2:9 (CEV)
I will perhaps alienate some who read this. If that is the case, I am sorry but I must speak the truth. America is not the Christian kingdom.
Maybe that seems obvious, but if we would pause and evaluate how we live, we would see it aligns more with the values of country rather than Christ. Allow me an example. The greatest average amount of giving in the United States is done by the poorest 30%. The average amount of giving is 3.2%. For the richest Americans, that number is just 1.3%.
It must also be considered that America is the 5th richest nation in the world. If we have so much money at our disposal, and such a great majority of Americans consider themselves Christians, why do we give so little? I can understand the percentage for the poorest 30%, but there still is 70% of the country that gives less than 3% of their incomes away.
Again I say that America is not the Kingdom of God. It never will be. Cannot be.
People around the world need our help, given not solely through monetary means, and we give them a pittance. That is the American way. But not the Christian way.
America is the land of the individual and their own desires and dreams and wants. The Kingdom is the world of love and putting others first and God’s wants before our own. And it is this that makes me say I am not American. I am a Christian. Imperfect but seeking a Kingdom far different from the nation of the United States.
When will we wake up and see that our Kingdom, the Kingdom Jesus made, does not feature a human king? Why did Jesus not replace the empires of the world when He came to earth? If we were to focus so much on the state, why didn’t He? He did not openly oppose the state, and nor should we, but neither did He support its rule.
Call me unpatriotic. I am patriotic though. Patriotic for the Kingdom but not the nation. A Kingdom founded not on borders and military might but in undivided unity and love, unified by our faith regardless of race, origin, gender, economic status, or any other differentiating characteristic. A Kingdom where we reach out to help others whether they have accepted Jesus or not, that refuses to allow anything to bar the living out of faith through actions.