DREAM COME TRUE OR FEVER DREAM?
For some, the result of the presidential election feels like a dream come true. For others, it feels like a fever-dream from which they hope to awake.
Some are hopeful that their taxes will be lowered and they will have more income to spend on the things that matter most to them as families. They are hopeful that both their jobs and even their lives will be protected from outsiders who pose a threat to their livelihood. They are hopeful that the political establishment that primarily seeks the good of itself and its friends will be displaced. This election is a dream come true.
Others are fearful, not hopeful. Personally, I wonder how I will get health care coverage. My wife has a disease that costs thousands of dollars a month to treat (and always has) and it was because of the Affordable Care Act that we were able to get insurance as we planted a church. What will happen now? We also have close friends who were brought to this country as children. It wasn’t legal, but it also wasn’t their choice. They have grown to become vibrant contributors to our economy and our community. America is their home. What will happen to our friends? This election feels like a fever-dream.
Whether its a dream come true or a fever dream, all Christians share this reality in common: we are called to be faithful citizens of the two countries to which we belong.
As citizens of the United States, Christians are called to seek the welfare of the city in which we live (Jeremiah 29:7), obey our governing authorities (Romans 13:1), and pray for our civic leaders (1 Timothy 2:2). But Christians are not just citizens of the United States.
All Christians have dual citizenship. Paul reminds Christians who lived in Rome that “our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20). So American Christians have a Lord who is Jesus Christ as well as a president who is Donald Trump. They have the laws of God to obey, as well as the laws of the land. They have to discern how to seek both the welfare of Christ’s Kingdom as well as the welfare of this country.
This means that both Republican and Democrat Christians will have a common set of values shaped not by their political party, but by Jesus Christ. In fact, fidelity to Jesus Christ means that dual citizen Republicans and Democrats ought to stand out from the rest of their party. In fact, dual citizen Republicans and Democrats are likely to have more in common with one another if they are truly faithful citizens of Christ’s kingdom, which he claimed is so different than the ways of the world that it is “not of this world” (John 18:36).
In the coming blog posts I will offer thoughts not on national policy but on three unique characteristics and practices that will characterize Christians, regardless of their political affiliation.
BLOG SERIES OUTLINE
- Dual citizenship means blessing those we’re tempted to despise
- Dual citizenship means seeking peace in the midst of our country’s divisions
- Dual citizenship means loving our neighbor even when we disagree
Blog written by Ben Joyce: a neighbor in Walnut Creek and member of Soma Community Church.