Where is Our First Allegiance?

For our citizenship is in heaven… (Philippians 3:20).

A couple of years ago I was reading Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and came across an amazing story of a Roman legion (6600 men known as the Theban Legion). Though valiant warriors, they were also committed Christians. When asked to sacrifice to the Roman gods or be killed, they chose martyrdom rather than deny Christ. They were loyal to their country, but their faith in God came first.

Where is our first allegiance? I wonder at times. True, I’m a flag-waving American from a long line of military heroes, including my Vietnam vet husband and two grandsons currently serving in the U.S. Navy. But do I truly understand that my citizenship in this great country is only temporal, and that my true, eternal citizenship lies elsewhere?

Our country is currently in upheaval, with political and ideological divisions causing deep rifts among its citizens. It is obvious that both sides believe strongly in their viewpoint, and both sides include those who claim the Name of Christ as Savior. Though understandable that even Christians can differ on this worldview, it is not understandable (or acceptable) that we allow it to divide us. True born-again, blood-bought believers know that, in the words of the late E.V. Hill, “This ain’t it!” Whatever happens here is but a breath in time, a blip on the eternal radar screen. Long after America has ceased to exist (and it will!) and our temporal relationships have gone the way of all things, Christians from across the centuries and from all walks of life will still be joined together in the citizenship of heaven. Manmade differences will no longer divide us, as we gather together around the throne and worship the one true God and Father who sent His only Son to redeem us from this sin-stained world.

So where is our first allegiance? Does our loyalty to our country (or worldly ideology or pursuit of pleasure/treasure or other temporal possessions) take priority and control our lives? Or are we, like the Theban Legion, committed to giving temporal loyalties second place behind our first allegiance to Christ?

Remember, beloved, whatever else happens around us, Christ’s own “Church triumphant is alive and well,” not because of us, but because of Him.Don’t miss CIR’s Daily Article !
Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 26 books. Her newest books are:
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”


and


“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”
(New Hope Publishers) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

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