We, too, live in fearful times. Television, print media, and electronic news sources give us grim reminders that our world is a dangerous and unpredictable place. Acts of terrorism, mass murders, natural disaster, systemic violence, domestic abuse, war, famine, and other atrocities take place daily. The prevalence of social media and the never-ending newscasts overwhelm us with tales of economic and social woe, and they seek to encourage our allegiance to nation and political party.
Yet, this journey we are on through Lent into Easter-resurrection reminds us that our primary allegiance does not lie with nation, or family, or tribe. Our first allegiance is to the God who created all. The Apostle Paul reminds us that we are ‘citizens of heaven’ not of any nation-state. Citizens of heaven – living out God’s values of love, mercy and justice, today and every day.
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