I am proud to be a Christian 1st, an American 2nd

P1000764Galatians 2:20

New International Version (NIV)

20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

I love my country and I am proud to be an American.  This country has given me the opportunity to live a life very few who live outside of the United States can hope to.  My father, my brother, my father-in-law have all proudly served this country by serving in the military.  The Air Force, the Navy and Army are proudly represented by my family.  My brother was on the maiden voyage of the Carl Vinson which is the air craft carrier used to dump Bin Laden’s body into the depths of the sea.

I complain that my house is too small, my car is too old and my bank account is too empty.  But if held up to the world standard of wealth my family would rank in the top 1% of the richest in the world.  I can go the doctor anytime I need to and I have a great job that I groan and moan that I have to go to everyday.  I am spoiled.  I have no idea how good I have it here in the good ol’ US of A.

I have been to the slums of Juarez and slept on the concrete floor of a church while we built 2 small houses that would house 2 families of 8.  They were moving into a 800 square foot house after living in a deserted bus. But I was able  to go home to my suburban home and go to church where we were celebrated as heroes for going and spending 3 days in Juarez where others live in obscurity everyday of there lives and so happy to just be alive and loving Jesus.

I love America!  I fly my flag proudly.  But my identity is in Christ and my home is not here. It is with Jesus is heaven.  My goal in life is to live up to Jesus’ command:

Matthew 22:37-40

New International Version (NIV)

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

And I am trying to be like the Apostle Paul:

 

 Philippians 4:11-13

New International Version (NIV)

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

I am thankful for what I have and I need quit chasing what I do not have.  I have all I need and it all comes from Christ.  Thank you Jesus for all you have done for me and for allowing me to live in such a great country.