Country First, Or Kingdom Of God First?

(Unless otherwise stated, all Bible quotations are from the World English Bible).

St. Matthew 6:33 But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.

Christian nationalism teaches Christians to put their earthly countries first, to seek to defend and project the values of their countries above all else, and to be ready to die for the national flag, if need be, as the ultimate demonstration of nationalistic patriotism. Absolute and unwavering loyalty to country is seen as the hallmark of Christian patriots. From the Biblical/Divine viewpoint, what values should Christians be promoting and defending with their lives, if need be? Where is the Christian’s citizenship, and what banner should the Christian be lifting up and defending at all times? We shall examine the Scriptures to answer these questions.

Let’s start by reminding ourselves who we are, as Christians, and what our goals and objectives are, biblically speaking. The Christian is a new creation who has died to himself and to the world, having been born again through his union with Christ Jesus. By our union with Christ via the new birth, we become adopted into God’s family, and become sons and daughters of the living God. By being children of God, every born again Christian becomes a citizen of heaven, having come under heaven’s domain, following our deliverance from the powers of darkness, and our translation into God’s kingdom. As citizens of heaven, though we are still in this world, we are not of the world anymore. We have a different Spirit from the spirit that’s ruling and controlling the men and the affairs of this world. While on earth here, the Christian’s primary assignment is to represent heaven as its ambassador, and to help reconcile the men and women of the world to God, through the preaching and the out-living of the gospel of Jesus Christ. To permeate the world with heaven’s values, and to recruit citizens for the kingdom of God, are our primary tasks on earth, as Christians. Therefore, the Christian’s loyalty is, first and foremost, to the kingdom of heaven. Our absolute allegiance should be to Jesus Christ, our Saviour, Lord and King. The cause of Christ in this world is what we are called to defend and project at all cost. The flag we are to lift high at all times is the royal banner of Christ. Each Christian is a soldier in the army of the Lord, with the mandate to fight spiritually with the kingdom of darkness, so as to deliver the souls of men and women held captive by Satan. As soldiers of Christ, we are not to entangle ourselves with the affairs of this world, but are to be single-mindedly focused on our commission, so that we can please our Commander-in- Chief who has enlisted us into his army.

2 Corinthians 5:16 Therefore we know no one after the flesh from now on. Even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know him so no more.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:18 But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation;

2 Corinthians 5:19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses, and having committed to us the word of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Colossians 3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

St. Matthew 28:18 Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.

St. Matthew 28:19 Go,and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

St. Matthew 28:20 teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

St. Mark 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world, and preach the Good News to the whole creation.

St. Mark 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned.

Philippians 3:17 Brothers, be imitators together of me, and note those who walk this way, even as you have us for an example.

Philippians 3:18 For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, as the enemies of the cross of Christ,

Philippians 3:19 whose end is destruction, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who think about earthly things.

Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;

Philippians 3:21 who will change the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working by which he is able even to subject all things to himself.

St. John 15:18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you.

St. John 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

St. John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his lord.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will keep yours also.

St. John 17:14 I have given them your word. The world hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

St. John 17:15 I pray not that you would take them from the world, but that you would keep them from the evil one.

St. John 17:16 They are not of the world even as I am not of the world.

1 John 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

Colossians 1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;

Colossians 1:13 who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love;

Colossians 1:14 in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins;

St. Mark 8:34 He called the multitude to himself with his disciples, and said to them, “Whoever wants to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

St. Mark 8:35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it; and whoever will lose his life for my sake and the sake of the Good News will save it.

St. Mark 8:36 For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life?

St. Mark 8:37 For what will a man give in exchange for his life?

St. Mark 8:38 For whoever will be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man also will be ashamed of him, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might.

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Ephesians 6:12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

2 Timothy 2:3 You therefore must endure hardship, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 2:4 No soldier on duty entangles himself in the affairs of life, that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.

So, for a Christian to devote his life, time and resources to defending the cause of any earthly nation, while abandoning the cause of Christ, is direct rebellion against the mandate of heaven. It’s the greatest act of disloyalty to Christ. To sacrifice our lives in projecting any nation’s values may earn us the status of national heros, but heaven does not recognise that as an act of heroism! As far as heaven is concerned, such a Christian did not die in service to the Lord, nor for the Lord’s sake. Such a Christian died serving the world and Satan who rules and controls all the kingdoms of this world! To kiss a nation’s flag and to pledge allegiance to it may be a great demonstration of nationalistic fervor, but that’s not heavenly nationalism! True Christian/heavenly nationalism pays allegiance to the heavenly kingdom of God, and defends the banner of Christ, not that of any nation on earth! Christ told Pilate his kingdom is not of this world, otherwise his servants would have fought carnally to prevent him from being arrested. Let’s not be deceived, Christian friends! Our kingdom is not of this world. We’re just strangers and pilgrims here on earth. Our kingdom is in heaven, where our King, Jesus Christ, is right now, sitting on God’s throne. Let’s seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Let’s stop projecting worldly kingdoms, and start being loyal and faithful to our heavenly country! Our lives and resources should be spent in recruiting citizens for the kingdom of God, and in living, projecting and defending the values of heaven, not fighting and dying for Satan-controlled kingdoms of this world that will all be destroyed soon, for the kingdom of God to take over! For true Christian patriots, it’s the kingdom of God first, not country first!

St. Luke 4:5 The devil, leading him up on a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

St. Luke 4:6 The devil said to him, “I will give you all this authority, and their glory, for it has been delivered to me; and I give it to whomever I want.

St. Luke 4:7 If you therefore will worship before me, it will all be yours.”

St. Luke 4:8 Jesus answered him, “Get behind me Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only.’”

2 Corinthians 4:3 Even if our Good News is veiled, it is veiled in those who perish;

2 Corinthians 4:4 in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the Good News of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn on them.

St. John 18:33 Pilate therefore entered again into the Praetorium, called Jesus, and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”

St. John 18:34 Jesus answered him, “Do you say this by yourself, or did others tell you about me?”

St. John 18:35 Pilate answered, “I’m not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered you to me. What have you done?”

St. John 18:36 Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not of this world. If my Kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight, that I wouldn’t be delivered to the Jews. But now my Kingdom is not from here.”

St. John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to him, “Are you a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;

Colossians 3:1 If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God.

Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth.

Colossians 3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:4 When Christ, our life, is revealed, then you will also be revealed with him in glory.

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

1 Peter 2:10 who in time past were no people, but now are God’s people, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

1 Peter 2:11 Beloved, I beg you as foreigners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

1 Peter 2:12 having good behavior among the nations, so in that of which they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they see, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them and embraced them from afar, and having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

Hebrews 11:14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.

Hebrews 11:15 If indeed they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had enough time to return.

Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Revelation 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”

Revelation 11:16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God,

Revelation 11:17 saying:
“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty,
The One who is and who was and who is to come,
Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.

Revelation 11:18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come,
And the time of the dead, that they should be judged,
And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints,
And those who fear Your name, small and great,
And should destroy those who destroy the earth.” (NKJV).

2 Timothy 4:1 I command you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his Kingdom:

2 Timothy 4:2 preach the word; be urgent in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with all patience and teaching.

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts;

2 Timothy 4:4 and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside to fables.

2 Timothy 4:5 But you be sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill your ministry.

In conclusion, the born again Christian is, first and foremost, a citizen of heaven. His heavenly citizenship takes precedence over his earthly citizenship. Therefore, the Christian’s overriding loyalty and allegience are to be to Christ and his kingdom, not to an earthly country. As Christians, we’re to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. The Christian is an ambassador for heaven on earth, to represent heaven and project its values among the people of the world, as we seek to recruit citizens for our heavenly country, through the preaching and the living of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Living and dying for any other cause, outside of the cause of the kingdom of heaven, is living and dying in vain. Loyalty and allegiance of a christian to any cause outside of the cause of Christ is adulterous, amounting to unfaithfulness to Christ, who is our husband and head. For the spiritually-minded Christian, it’s the kingdom of God first, not country first. We should be motivated by heavenly nationalism, not earthtly nationalism, for our kingdom is not of this world. As soldiers of the cross, let’s lift high Christ’s royal banner, even as we pull down every nationalistic pride, and every high thing that exalts itself above the knowledge of God, as we strive to bring every thought and action to the obedience of Christ. Christian nationalism is glorying in the flesh, which is pride of life. We should glory in Christ instead, and not in any country of the world.

1 Corinthians 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glories, let him glory in the Lord (AKJV).

1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

1 John 2:17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God stays for ever (AKJV).

James 4:4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

James 4:5 Do you think that the scripture said in vain, The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy?

James 4:6 But he gives more grace. Why he said, God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble (AKJV).

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Published by Dr. Ndubuisi E. Ojo

Dr Ojo is a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a student of the Word of God, who believes firmly in the original apostolic faith as the only authentic version of Christianity, and the only legitimate basis for Christian conduct, order and doctrine.

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