Have you heard about the Baptist pastors in Shelby, North Carolina, who have raised the Christian flag above the American flag at their local churches? The pastors explain that our ultimate allegiance is to God, not government or country. One of the churches has launched a website (GodBeforeGovernment.org).
The pastors have a very valid point. Flags are powerful emotive symbols, as signified by the recent controversy over the Confederate battle flag. The pastors’ actions remind Christians that our ultimate allegiance belongs to God. As Jesus said, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God things which be God’s” (Luke 20:25). In other words, ultimate loyalty must belong to God.
This ultimate allegiance is actually acknowledged in our Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
“Under God” means for Christians that America is under God, and our allegiance to Him and His Kingdom comes first. To do otherwise, to put country before God, is to make America an idol, a false God (“thou shalt have no other gods before me” [Exodus 20:2]). This is why dictators, would be dictators, and totalitarians in general abhor, detest, and fear convictional Christianity. True followers of Christ will never surrender ultimate allegiance and authority to anyone except their Heavenly Father — God first, then country.
As the framers and signatories (of which I am one) of the Manhattan Declaration stated in 2009, they were under “obligation” to “speak and act in defense” of the right to life of every human being, marriage as a divinely ordained “conjugal union of man and woman,” and “religious liberty, which is grounded in the character of God, the example of Christ, and the inherent freedom and dignity of human beings created in the divine image.”
The Manhattan Declaration supporters pledge “that no power on Earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence.”
In other words, God comes first, and then Uncle Sam.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post