March 25, 2011 Leave a comment
“Brethren, my heart desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved.” ~ Romans 10:1
by Patrice Tsague
What is your view of patriotism? Do you consider yourself a patriot? Do you pray for your country?
No one should be a greater patriot of his or her nation of residence than the Biblical Entrepreneur, since one of the objectives of business is to bring transformation to the community and the nation. The Biblical Entrepreneur is the engine of God’s economy; he is the provider of goods and services, the job creator, taxpayer, tither, philanthropist, and the shaper of values. The Biblical Entrepreneur is a patriot. However, the challenge with patriotism is that some, out of a lack of understanding or due to the historical problems of their nation, reject the notion of being a patriot. On the other hand, others, out of regard for the great history of their nation of residence, put their love for the nation above their love for the kingdom. In some cases there is just a complete misunderstanding of how to be a patriot for one’s country of birth or residence without compromising allegiance to the Kingdom.
A patriot is one who loves, supports and defends his nation. A Christian patriot is a citizen of heaven who is committed to bringing the kingdom of God to earth, beginning with the country where he resides in, out of a sincere love for that country and his commitment to the kingdom mandate.
The Apostle Paul was a Christian patriot; he recognized that his citizenship was not of this world yet his commitment to bringing the kingdom of God to Israel and the Gentiles was unparalleled. His love for these nations was out of his response to the mandate he received from his Commander in Chief and his sincere love for those nations. He never compromised kingdom values in his efforts to demonstrate his love and support for Israel. He recognized that the best way to show love to Israel was to show Israel the way of the kingdom. Although he was proud of Israel’s achievements, he recognized its limitations and errors. And although he recognized Israel’s limitations and errors, he still celebrated its achievements and God’s favor upon the nation.
Unfortunately, some Christians lack the proper understanding of a balanced view of patriotism. As a result, they either put their love for their country of residence above their commitment to the kingdom or think their commitment to the kingdom demands that they reject their country of residence. Fortunately, it is not an “either or” proposition since Christian patriots are called to demonstrate their commitment to the Kingdom by their love for their countries.
How do you exemplify Christian patriotism?
- Develop a kingdom worldview, Matthew 6:33
- Understand the kingdom mandate, Mathew 28:18-20
- Pray for the country and its leaders, Romans 10:1, Jeremiah 29:7
- Celebrate the achievements of the country, Acts 13:16-32, Romans 10:2
- Confront the unrighteousness of the country, Romans 10:3
- Enjoy the blessings and privileges of the country, Jeremiah 29:4-7
- When given the opportunity, share the good news, Romans 10:9-11
Christian patriotism is not easy but it is necessary if we are to achieve the mandate of Christ in any nation. For those of us who reside in a nation where there is a historical commitment to Judeo-Christian principles, we must remember never to make the mistake that the Jews made in the time of Jesus; they valued their traditions and achievements more than the God who gave them the tradition and achievements. For those who reside in a nation where there has been historical injustice, we must remember not to be so angered by the injustice that we forget how God has worked throughout the history of that country. As Christian patriots we are called to be grateful while demonstrating the love of Christ.
Where is your country of residence? Have you been a Christian patriot where you reside? Pray that God may show you ways to demonstrate His love for that nation without compromising kingdom principles though your business.
Copyright © 2011 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.
Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.
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