Thanks to my friend Rob Martin for directing me to this interesting link about the relationship between Christians and the state. I liked that it was general (i.e., the definition could be applied to any Christian, in any country). I have not read the initial post that the author references, but I found the topic of this particular post interesting on its own.
I have been pondering the relationship between our devotion to the Kingdom of God (for Christians) and our devotion to the country we live in. I do think that we need to remember that whatever rules we make for ourselves must be able to be applied equally by other Christians to their country. It is not fair to make “US only” rules based on some supposed special treatment by God. I don’t see this view as biblical, so I would be hard to convince that we are allowed to be devoted to America while other Christians should not be devoted to their country in the same way.
I would love to hear any perspectives on Scot McKnight’s definition of the line between reasonable acknowledgement of our role in shaping the direction of the country we are called to live in, and going overboard and replacing faith in God with faith in government. Please use the comment section below, rather than commenting on the link on my facebook. Hopefully, we can be civil even as we (likely) don’t all agree. Multiple opinions are desirable, I want to hear from people from a variety of viewpoints! I’ll plan to follow up with a summary of the discussion, and some of my thoughts, in a few days (hopefully not more than a week).