Social media has many perks. We are able to stay connected with those from our past and our present. With a swipe of the screen you can know what baby Susy in California ate for breakfast or what Aunt Janice in Tokyo got to see today. An added benefit or consequence, depending on how you look at it, is that social media also gives us a great view of people’s hearts. More importantly, the hearts of our brothers and sisters of fellowship in Messiah.
People like to “type Amen if you agree.” It is easy when you relegate your holiness to a few I love Jesus posts a day, but the truth often exposes itself through the unpleasant daily happenings of the world.
From the President’s actions to the innocent mistake of a mother, the rapid reactions of being connected 24/7 allows people to vomit freely. They often don’t bother with the bucket and instead let it spill onto the screen for all to see.
This recent surge of patriotic rage has proven to be another dose of social ipecac.
“You shall have no other gods before Me”., unless of course someone refuses to stand for the anthem or gets caught up in the moment and forgets to put their hand over their heart. Then your flag, anthem, and nation are free to be your god. Ex 20:3
I’m guessing that must be the version people are reading these days.
Followed by “…, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God out of all thy heart, and out of all thy soul, and out of all thy strength, and out of all thy understanding, and thy neighbour as thyself.’ ” Unless of course your neighbor disagrees with your ideas. Then you are free to love the god of your feel good patriotism and your neighbor can toss off. He isn’t really important anyway. Luke 10:27
I am thinking that followers of Imanu’el, God with us, have forgotten that not only is America not our home…we have no home ANYWHERE on earth( Phillipians 3:20). We are ambassadors of an eternal place more beautiful and glorious than words can describe. Does that mean we don’t show support for the men and women in uniform or respect the government? No because that is part of loving our neighbors as ourselves. We respect this kingdom as if it were our own, because we are representatives of a kingdom where respect is part of the system. But respecting this kingdom is not relegated to a song, a flag, or traditions. It is defined by the love we show and share, to our family in Christ and to others….period.
We aren’t going to face judgement and get a free pass on the wounds inflicted on account of a flag or a song. Although our creator may likely have some questions about the love one FAILED to show on account of those things.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m far from perfect, but I do expect my spiritual family to call me out when they see I’m not upholding the family name as I should. Remember who you are and why you are here. You are not here for a flag, an anthem, or to build up an earthly nation. You are here to be an example and disciple others out of darkness into the light. Don’t let nationalism and patriotism make you lose sight of the job you were called to do. If you put the value of anything over the love of others you are walking outside of your purpose as a believer.
“Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” Rom 13:7
The beauty of living in a free nation is that you may choose to show your honor with a pledge and a song or in other actions. You are not limited to only one. People justifiably may have convictions to doing it your way, just as you may to doing it theirs, but that doesn’t make you more right and it never gives you reason to step outside of love to impose your will.
Our time on earth is limited. Choose your battles wisely, because it is the eternal wins that will matter the most.
Have our American customs become an idol? What will you do to walk in love, no matter if you agree or disagree with someone?