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Unified Patriots by Scott MacHardy
This is the beginning of a new full-time column here at Unified Patriots, focusing on the connections between Christianity and culture with an emphasis on current events and how God’s Word informs us in responding to those events.The views are the author’s alone and may not reflect the views of the editors or other contributors to Unified Patriots.
Many patriots are Christians, and many Christians are patriots. In large part because of the Christian ideas involved in the founding of the United States, Christianity and American patriotism are closely entwined. It is, however, important that we do not conflate the two because they are not identical. A patriot is someone who has pride in their nation and a desire to see it at its best. A Christian is someone who has accepted the grace of God through Jesus Christ and through Him has everlasting life.
Sometimes the question is rightly asked about the legitimacy of a person who identifies as both a Christian and a patriot. Children of God owe their loyalty first and foremost to God, and their citizenship truly lies in heaven (Philippians 3:20), not in an earthly nation. On the other hand, God has saved us to do good works (Ephesians 2:10) and has commissioned us to spread his word (Mark 16:15). God instituted earthly governments, and commands them to serve Him (Romans 13). Because the American form of government is a Constitutional Republic; every voter has a share in that responsibility. As Christians we have an obligation to work for the good of our country so long as that work and that good are in keeping with Biblical principles and commands[…]