“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” – Hebrews 11:8-10
I think that verse has much to teach us in regard to how we as Christians view America. Even though Abraham lived in the land of promise it was only in tents because he knew that there was more to the story. That land was not as sacred as what God really had in store for him and his descendants (eternal life). I am not saying that America is a second promised land (I grew up hearing that in church). I am saying that even though Abraham lived right where God promised him and blessed him with it wasn’t really it. It wasn’t really about land at all. It was about his relationship with God and putting his faith in God.
Israel has gone through tremendous turmoil from that time to this. America will certainly go through tough times as well. There may be a day when America is a shadow of what it used to be. If we put all our hopes in this country then that is a very upsetting thought. But if our hope, citizenship and allegiance is with God that thought isn’t so troublesome. So where is our allegiance? Where is our real citizenship? Do we wrap up our hopes and our future in the shakiness of the nations? Or do we wrap our identity up in the One who has seen great nations come and go a million times over and yet still has sovereignty over it all?
I am still proud to be an American but I am even prouder to be a Christian.