As Saints, how we must view the nations.

Hello everyone. Sorry about the break over Memorial Day weekend. I had some family time which included camping and some needed downtime. Hope everyone else had some rest from the week as well. Also hope no one missed reading new post too much.
So in the midst of NBA playoffs, counting down the days until NCAA and NFL football begins, and trying to figure out what to do between now and the beginning of seminary, I have been doing some further thinking on the issue of identity.
A few posts back I post on my personal struggle searching for my identity, those external labels that guide our loyalties, our decision-making, and our pursuit of certain goals in life. The great thing about camping is that it allows you to get away from the routine of life and gives you time to think about deeper things.
Its tough to really break down my train of thought on this. I believe that the moment that we become believers in Jesus, the Son of God, we claim a citizenship that is of the Kingdom of God. We become co-heirs of all promises and blessings God has for us. At the same time, when we become saints, by the grace of God, we forgo all other identities for the identity that God has for us.
Now, obviously this isn’t easy. It’s tough to no longer be an American, or a Mexican, or any given nationality of ethnic group. These are things we are born into and become a huge part of our identity very early on. So, it isn’t like we are called to hate the identities and label of the world. God Himself recognizes the nations of the world, and actually sends us in the Great Commission to reach all of them. God loves the nations.
But, when we give our lives to God, we are no longer allowed to judge others based on such identities, or to ever place our identity above that of others. If the other person is a believer, like us, then they are a brother or sister in Christ, by the grace of God. If they are not a believer, then we are to do whatever we can do to be Christ to that person. So, what justification to we have left to judge them? How can we place one’s ethnic group or nationality below or above our own? I believe we no longer can.
This also applies to how we relate to people of different ideologies, political affiliations, language groups, etc.
I believe the real challenge comes in how we live this way. How does this truth impact our view of immigrants among us? How does the impact our view of how our country treats other countries and other nations? Is your church seeing the world around it through the eyes of Christ, or the eyes of the old creature?
I don’t believe I have all the answers to these questions. However, I do believe is something that will develop into further conviction. I hope it is something you give some thought to.

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