One of the things that I’ve been accused of on a few occasions is being anti-american. This, of course, is absurd. Am I anti-self? I’m an american myself, for goodness sake, and I have no inclination to renounce my citizenship or turn in my passport. I didn’t see Apostle Paul do that with his Roman citizenship so why would I?
With that said, I will answer my web-haters (specifically those who have said things like “If you don’t like the US-of-A, then leave!”) by saying that I’m a trans-national Kingdom of God citizen. This is not some sort of afterlife idea that gets taged onto a metaphorical passport stamped “heaven-bound,” but a real and tangible thing. It recognizes that God’s nation is composed of residents of every land on the Earth. My allegiance is primarily to the Kingdom of God.
I am not, in any way, anti-American. In fact, I’m not anti-anyone. I believe that the way of Jesus compels us to be “for” everyone. I’m for Iraqis, Egyptians, Canadians (barely ), Mexicans, Peruvians, and every other people group on the planet. I’m also “for” Americans. This doesn’t mean that I’m for the ways in which the church often partners with the sword-bearing government, but I’m “for” the people of this nation. I long, more than anything, that all Americans would redefine their allegiance around the reign of God — the God of enemy love, justice, and salvation. This God, namely Jesus, is my King, President, and Lord.
Here’s a video of Greg Boyd giving his reflections on this concept:
How would you describe your national citizenship in relationship to your allegiance to God’s Kingdom?