What does it mean when we say " I Pledge Allegiance"? Can we pledge allegiance to more than one thing? Is it possible that our country can become an idol? Thomas reunites with the gang to talk about our allegiance to our country in light of the Kingdom of God.
I Pledge Allegiance to the Kingdom of God/ Heaven
When you hear I pledge allegiance…what do you think of?
What does it mean to pledge allegiance to something?
Is the kingdom of God and the US at odd with each other? Who should we pledge our allegiance to?
The Gospel of the Kingdom
“Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:14b-15 ESV
“Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.” Luke 10:8-9 ESV
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb! Revelation 7:9-10 ESV
The Idol of an Alternative Kingdom (Political Idols)
“Rome is a land nourished by all, and yet parent of all lands, chosen by the power of the gods to make even heaven more splendid, to gather together the scattered realms and to soften their customs and unite the discordant wild tongues of so many people into a common speech so they might understand each other, and to give civilization to mankind, in short to become the homeland of every people in the entire world.” (Pliny,Natural History 3.39[ca. AD 77–79]).
“The whole continent of North America appears to be destined by Divine Providence to be peopled by one nation, speaking one language, professing one general system of religious and political principles, and accustomed to one general tenor of social usages and customs. For the common happiness of them all, for their peace and prosperity, I believe it is indispensable that they should be associated in one federal Union.”(John Quincy Adams, Letters).
"America is the hope of the earth.” Mitt Romney
Yahweh & Others (The Subtlety of Idols)
For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and did not wholly follow the Lord, as David his father had done. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem. And so he did for all his foreign wives, who made offerings and sacrificed to their gods. 1 Kings 11:4-8