Our allegiance to country and God’s kingdom

By Pastor John Pfeifer - Getting Ahead

When I was in grade school we started out the day with the pledge of allegiance and the Lord’s prayer. I was a preacher’s kid so I was very familiar with the Lord’s prayer but less aware of what the pledge of allegiance was all about. I knew it had something to do with being an American, but looking back, that was about all I knew about it.

Later we learned in government class about the detailed workings of our country. We learned about our history, mistakes that had been made, and things that had made our country a desirable place to be. We learned that we do not live under a dictator or a king. Our allegiance is to a constitution that was written by our founding fathers.

When we become a Christian we are then a citizen of two worlds; the country we physically live in and the kingdom that we have accepted in our heart. Our allegiance is then to the kingdom of God as well as to our country’s constitution. Just as our country has a constitution, the kingdom of God has a constitution. The constitution of the kingdom of God is called the bible. God himself inspired every word of the bible.

2nd Timothy 3:16-17. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The New Testament section of the bible starts out with the four gospels. These contain the message God has for the human race through the teachings of Jesus.

Jesus said in John 14:10. “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.”

The bible is the operating manual for mankind. It contains everything we need to know so that we can live a joyful and abundant life. It is the most printed book in the history of books. If you have never looked into it, I would encourage you to pick it up and read it. It will change your life for good!

These are the truths we discuss at the Gathering Place every Sunday morning at 9:30 and 10:30, and on Wednesday evening at 7. Come and join in.


By Pastor John Pfeifer

Getting Ahead