Christians, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country as a Christian.

Christians in America

JFK once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

A helpful spinoff of this is, “Christians, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country as a Christian.

As with most things, this is not an exhaustive list, but simply three ways that Christians in America (and anywhere) can help their country.

Three Things to Do

1. Experience the Living God

  • Psalm 34:8 reads, “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
  • Do you only theoretically know God or do have a real relationship with Him?
  • Do you only know about Him or do you truly know Him?
  • Jesus taught us to pray intimately to, “Our Father;” is God like a father to you?
  • When we experience God in this way, we will turn to Him for refuge in all situations, and people will notice.

2. Elevate God over All

  • Psalm 57:5 reads, “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.”
  • Do you want to be known as somebody that loves God or America more?
  • Where does your citizenship and loyalty ultimately reside?
  • Jesus taught us to pray selflessly, “Your Kingdom come;” are we okay with letting ours go?
  • When we remember that God is exalted over all the earth, we exalt Him in our lives over all.

3. Pursue God and His Will in All Things

  • Psalm 63:8 reads, “I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.”
  • Do you reach out to God regularly?
  • Are you on the pursuit of happiness or the pursuit of God and His will?
  • Jesus taught us to pray, “Your will be done,” are we okay with trading our goals and desires for God’s?
  • When we pursue God will all of our might, then we will experience Him and elevate Him in our lives.

Final Thoughts

So then, Christians in America, where do we begin?

We should begin with self-examining our relationship with God and self-examining our relationship with America.

We need to remember that we are not American Christians, but we are Christians in America; our identity as a Christian comes first. Our highest allegiance belongs to Christ alone.

Let us remember that one day this nation will crumble, but God’s nation never will. Let us love our country, but let us love our God more.

Therefore, let us experience the living God, elevate Him over all, and pursue Him and His will in all things. This is the beginning of faithfully serving God; once we get these priorities set, then we are free to faithfully serve our country.