Allegiance in Christ

In Rome, under Caesar, the early Christians had a choice of their allegiance. They rejected the narrative of the 1st century. They said “NO” to the overwhelming majority
and said “JESUS IS LORD” at risk of both persecution
and death. We too have a choice: Holy allegiance to

Jesus Christ or allegiance to the whims and pressures of the 21st century (Romans 12:1-2).

My PRIMARY identity is first and foremost….
– not as a good American
– not as a mediocre Panther’s fan
– not as the proud grandson of two Veterans
– not as a Nazarene Pastor
– not even as a dad or husband

I support and am so thankful for the service and sacrifice of our military. God bless America. I understand free speech and am grateful for a free country that allows personal expression of belief and opinion. As much as I love the USA, my citizenship here is NOT the source of my identity or the focus of my primary allegiance.

My gaze is set, now and eternally, on Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 12:2).

I am a Bible believing, stand up and carry your cross, soul surrendering, knee bending and head bowed Christ follower.

To know that Christ would die for me, save me from myself, from my sins, and invite me to full life
(John 10:10) still blows me away.

To the King of Glory (Galatians 1:3-5) I stand as a public witness of His love, grace, mercy, and power over sin
and the grave (John 3:16-17).

To the Lord of Lords I bow in acknowledgment that
He is Holy and I am surrendered (Revelation 5:13).

So…when it comes to Jesus…I guess I take a stand AND take a knee.


-Pastor Phillip-

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