Those who profess to be Christians do not make that proclaimation of faith without strings attached. By the very act of referring to oneself as a believer, certain requirements are foisted upon that person. Not to worry, however, as Jesus said that His yoke is easy and his burden, light.
One primary responsibility of a professing believer, then, is this matter of living life straddling two realities– life in two kingdoms: the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of humanity.
Each kingdom presses us for loyalty. Each kingdom works, at least for now, according to its own rules. That is to say– the world, in that it is under sway of the “prince of the power of the air” (satanic influence), has its own set of rules that are, many times, in opposition or somehow juxtaposed with the rules of righteousness. God, on the other hand, forces the issue by saying (through the Lord’s Prayer in the words of Jesus), “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” This is another way of saying that God wants His Will done “here” and “there” and EVERYWHERE, simultaneously. After all, that’s what dominion is all about. And His Kindgom is about the purpose of spreading and establishing His rightful dominion everywhere– for the Glory of His Kingdom and, incidentally, for the betterment of the world. (It’s impossible to improve on God’s plan, no?).
That leads to the inner core of this blog: That believers live in two Kingdoms, but are subject primarily to one and must work to usher in that Eternal Kingdom into the temporal one.
The problem with this proposition is that sometimes earthly kingdoms try to eclipse the Heavenly one, and such is the case today in America. Though I am a loyal citizen, I have a higher loyalty than to Barack Obama or his followers and handlers.
When obedience to God and the obligations of faith are challenged, believers are called to choose truth over national loyalty or political party. That is why I am the loyal opposition today– I cannot, in good conscience, stand for the release or delay of prosecution for known terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, for the hard core push of a Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender culture, for the absolution of marriage, and the socialization or Marxism of our economy.
What can I say? God help me, amen.