I am a citizen of the Kingdom of God. A Kingdom that knows no geographical bounds, and is comprised by all those who have placed their faith in the King – Jesus Christ. My identity is rooted in this Kingdom, my highest allegiance belongs to this Kingdom, and my love for this Kingdom grows day by day.
However, I am a citizen of God’s Kingdom who is grateful to be living in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. America is far from perfect. She has her faults and failures. She is sin-stained and broken. Yes, we need prophetic voices to keep her weaknesses before us. But, despite it all, there is no place I would rather live.
I am grateful for freedom and liberty, the right to vote and speak my mind, the opportunity to choose a career path and how to practice my faith, the glorious game of baseball, and Dr. Pepper.
Of course, this blessing is a gift from the hand of God. It is a gift that has been protected by people who have believed that America and all she stands for was, and is, worth more than their own life. The Memorial Day holiday provides a perfect opportunity to kick off summer by grilling out, laughing with family, watching the Indy 500, and cheering for kids at ballparks. In the midst of our fun and relaxation, however, let us not forget to give thanks for the 1,346,000+ men and women who have laid down their lives so that we might enjoy this American life.
As we remember those who have protected us, let us also pause for a moment to say a prayer for those who would do us harm. For this is the way of life the King calls His citizens to live. Matthew 5:44-45, “… Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute
you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”