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I Pledge Allegiance

 Editor    Sep 03 : 18:09
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About 5 years ago I was at a business conference.

PledgeAbout 5 years ago I was at a business conference. As a group exercise we were asked to stand in front of any one of the many signs posted on the wall of our conference room. The sign we chose to stand under was to be the one that bore the name of the group we most closely associated with personally. One sign read “African American” another “White.” The words “Male” and “Female” were posted on two others respectively; “Democrat” and “Republican” on still two others. Stop right now and answer this question: where would you have stood?

I was reminded of this exercise when the other day I heard a political analyst speaking about the candidates for this years presidential election and how one was sure to win the black vote on account of he himself being of African American descent. Another candidate was sure to win a majority of the female vote as she herself is a female, and finally the last was to amass a huge white male vote by the same superficial standard. “So much for The Dream of being judged by the content of ones character,” I thought.

As Christians I don’t believe we think enough or talk enough about our affiliations. We don’t reflect enough on who we align ourselves with and why. Many of us are almost indistinguishable from the world God commands us to be separate from ideologically. We have affinities for people based on the same standard the world does: race, sex, movements of the world and the like. We say things like “those are my people” for all the wrong reasons when Jesus was clear that it was the people who did the will of God that he considered his people. Paul similarly in

Galatians 3:26-28 says “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

The Bible is a book about how we should think, the positions we should take, the bonds we are to make and the actions we are to take. If I am to advance the kingdom of God then I must muster up support for the things of God even from those who may not necessarily be of the faith. As a Christian should I support a pro-life movement? Well only if God does. Should I oppose homosexual marriage? Only if God does. Should I advocate that the theory of Intelligent Design be taught in schools? Would God have me do so? The world tries to pressure me and teach me daily who I should support and what I should think but I must be above the world and its ways. To both the subtle and overt questions asks me of who I am with and whom I support I answer as the angel of God did in Joshua 5:13

Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies"? "Neither", he replied, "but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come."

I am on the side of God.

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