Citizenship in the Kin-dom of God
The First United Presbyterian Church of Loveland
"Citizenship in the Kin-dom of God"
Rev. Amy Morgan
July 7, 2019
This past week, we had the opportunity as a nation to celebrate and reflect upon our citizenship in the United States of America. We celebrated values like liberty, independence, and unity. Today, we’ll reflect upon and celebrate our citizenship in the Kin-dom of God. In the time of Jesus, and throughout the history of Christianity, those striving for the fulfillment of God’s reign on earth have often found themselves at odds with worldly powers and governments, even and especially the nations in which they hold earthly citizenship. Today, we will hear from Christians whose voices have spoken truth to power, who have proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ and revealed where their citizenship in God’s kin-dom is in conflict with the values of their nation. We will hear from theologians of color, including Jesus himself. The readings I’ve chosen, both from scripture and from these theologians, are not intended to endorse any political parties, candidates, issues or positions. They should, however, help us to reflect on our values as Christians today. They should reveal where our current national values are in conflict with our citizenship in God’s kin-dom. And they may illuminate our understandings of current political parties, candidates, issues or positions. They may not influence all of us in the same way. They may lead each of us to different conclusions. The work of the Holy Spirit is wild. But I hope and pray that as we listen and sing today, with open minds and open hearts, the Spirit will inspire each of us to live more faithfully as citizens of the kin-dom of God.