You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love me and keep My commandments. Exodus 20:4-6 (NASB)
Remember back in VBS as kids, we used to say the pledge of allegiance to the flag, to the Christian flag, and to the Bible. I don’t think most churches do that nowadays. I’m not quite sure why. Maybe it gave us a better idea of the kind of commitment we were making when we gave our lives to Christ. We were renouncing all other gods in favor of the God of the Universe who sent His only Son to die for our sins. Or maybe it didn’t to some people. For many, it may have merely been trying to buy a ‘Get out of hell free card.’ It seems like allegiance is a foreign concept to most people now.
One of our ESL students recently got her citizenship. To do so, she had to renounce her allegiance to her homeland. Someone else said when they did it, they didn’t really feel like they were renouncing anything, only adding a new love. I hate to tell them, but it doesn’t work that way either for citizenship or for salvation. God admits He is a jealous God. He says you can’t serve both Him and mammon (the flesh). It would be like a radical Muslim claiming to love America. The two ideologies are diametrically opposed. You can love one or the other, but not both. Eventually you will have to choose.
The same is true of God and sin. A few words don’t make salvation. A heart for God does. When we accepted Christ, and our names were written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, our citizenship changed forever to heaven. We’re merely resident aliens for a short span of time here as ambassadors for Christ. To reattach ourselves to the old life is an affront to the One Who bought our salvation with His own blood. Our allegiance, our first priority, should always be to proclaim his great Name to all we come in contact with. That’s why we’re still here. That’s why we need have no fear. Over and over, the Bible tells us to ‘Fear not.’ No radical Muslims can ever take away our true home. His kingdom is secure from all harm. “I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Savior for Whose kingdom it stands. One brotherhood, uniting all Christians, in service and in love.” God bless. Teresa .