“Love for one’s country,” that is how many people would define patriotism. Another definition, and one that I believe describes Americans, is “placing the interests of the nation above his or her personal and group interests.”
I love America. I think if you asked anyone if I do, they would tell you yes. Fireworks, tailgating, football, banana pudding, freedom. It’s great. How can you not like a nation where you have a holiday in which you blow stuff up? However, if you are like me, I tend to get forget where my loyalty lies.
We get so caught up in Patriotism that we forget about everything else. We get caught up in our opinions: Who we voted for, who is wrong in what situation, our loyalty over a flag, democrat and republican, etc., etc. The motto for the chaplain corp is ‘For God and Country.” There have been times in my life where I have switched that around, putting country over God. That should never happen.
Join me in prayer: pray for me and I for you that we put first things first, giving our loyalty to God. When we have our loyalty to God, then God will shine through us.
People are hurting and this world is a dark place. People don’t need arguments over flags. They don’t need our opinions on guns. People don’t need insight on who is the right candidate.
What they need is Jesus. They need love. They need a kind word. They need someone to be gentle. They need someone to show them courtesy. We might be the only one to give them that.
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.