Living Free in the Spirit of Christ

Free The Church

Our Identity in Christ

Posted on October 03, 2007 by Alexander

Tony Evans pastors a church in Oakcliff, a suburb of Dallas, Texas. He is a black pastor who has reached believers in all family groups. He once said that the time has come for blacks to stop seeing themselves as blacks who are Christians, but as Christians who are black. His statement is profound. He has addressed a fundamental point of identity that is undermining the body of Christ in America today. I do not mean the issue of blacks and whites, but whose Kingdom do we belong to first. I would add to his point that the time has also come that Americans need to stop seeing themselves as Americans first and Christians second. We are Christians first, Americans second. We are not here to serve American interests, but Christ’s interests.

I am involved with many home school families in my line of work. To promote my business, I attend various Home School Associations. I frequently sit through their business meetings before they come out to see the vendor wares that support home school efforts. In a recent meeting, they began by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States. Then they said the pledge to the Christian flag, then finally the Bible. I spoke with the leader afterwards privately, and pointed out that which comes first has preeminence. By conducting their opening in that order they were making themselves subject to the American government first, and Christ second. I suggested they change the order next time. He understood my meaning and agreed.

But this illustrates the mindsets of Christians in America today. We are not here to serve the American government, but Christ. As I said, we need to see our selves as Christians first, Americans second, white or black or hispanic or asian last. Which means we need to be about our Father’s business first. We are to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

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April 9, 2008 at 11:14 am
I Love The Title,
Since The Church is in bondage,we have to FREE the CHURCH.
The Exodus Ministries, India.
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ONGOLE-523 002, A.P.,
South INDIA.

April 9, 2008 at 11:26 am
Dr. Christopher,
Thank you for your comment. I, obviously, speak only from the point of view of American Christianity. It is somewhat saddening that you feel the same is true in India. But the issue is the influence of church as a business impacting believers, and the undergirding worldliness that business affects the church.
The real bondage that the business called church imposes upon believers is relying on the flesh to walk with Christ instead of believing the finished work of Christ and abiding in His Spirit. Freedom in Christ is also entering His rest.

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