Citizen

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I am first and foremost a citizen of the kingdom of God. This means that I live my life according to the teachings of Jesus found in the Sermon on the Mount.

My secondary citizenship is in the nation in which I reside. 

Today I realize more than any other day I am a stranger in a strange land, a resident alien, someone living in exile. 

It doesn’t matter who is the Caeser in the land that I live, I pledge allegiance only to my King Jesus.

As a citizen of the Kingdom of God, I seek the welfare of the nation that I live and proclaim freedom to the oppressed.

I am not alone because there are others who also live the way of Jesus, we form alternative communities called churches. My alternative community is called Journey Church of the Nazarene.

I will not fear because perfect love casts out all fear.  

The citizens of the Kingdom of God have a responsibility to love our neighbor as ourselves.

We are called to embody love.  

It is by love that we are known as disciples of Jesus.

What are we known for?

Is it love or something else?

I wonder.

Last night, a few of us gathered at the table and remembered and prayed.

Lord have mercy on us if we fail to remember your broken body and the blood that you shed.

Lord have mercy on us if we promote violence instead of love.

Lord have mercy on us if we fall in love with the wrong things like power and greed.

Lord have mercy on us if we forget those who are being oppressed.

Lord have mercy on us if we put our hope in the nation, or Caeser.

Lord have mercy on us if we are more concerned with our rights than we are in the rights of those who are being trampled on.

Lord have mercy on us if we ever put our national citizenship ahead of our citizenship in your Kingdom.

Lord have mercy.

Christ have mercy.

Lord have mercy.

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