I was born at McLaren Hospital in Flint, Michigan on March 28th, 1978. The name printed on my birth certificate and every subsequent legal piece of identification thereafter reads: Wesley Aaron Morris.
When I was around 7 years old, my heart was convicted upon hearing the Gospel.
The Bible says in John 3:3, I was born again.
Revelation 2:17, says that I, received a new name.
Philippians 3:20 says, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
As a Christian, I hold dual citizenship. All the way into my college years, I would wrestle with properly understanding this concept.
Then, on a day I can’t recall, I was reading the teaching of the Lord Jesus and a phrase stood out to me more clearly than it ever had before.
Mark 12:17, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
Romans 13:7, “Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.”
My earthly citizenship is in the United States of America. I continue to learn and understand the privileges and obligations that come with that citizenship. I enjoy the privilege of personal freedom, while being obligated to pay taxes. I enjoy the privilege of owning personal property, while being obligated to obey the laws of building codes and speed limits.
The Lord and His Word have helped me understand that as a Christian in America I am commanded by my Heavenly King to pay my taxes, obey the law, respect authority and honor my leaders. Last February I was at a funeral where the President of the United States was in attendance. When he entered the room, I with many others stood up and waited silently until he was seated. I didn’t do this for the man, his party or his politics. I did it for the Lord. The Word of God tells me to render honor, so I stood.
My eternal citizenship is in Heaven. I continue to learn and understand the privileges and obligations that come with that citizenship. I enjoy the freedom from sin, the wrath of God and the judgment to come, while being obligated to go into all the world and make disciples. I enjoy the peaceful fellowship I have from knowing the Savior and being adopted into the royal family, while being obligated to daily take up His cross and not deny His Name.
As a Christian, I am called to “render unto God the things that are God’s.”
Sometimes this means the heavenly citizenship and interests collide head on with the earthly.
Especially when it comes to politics.
Check back tomorrow for part 3 of God & Politics: Colliding Kingdoms.