Because of the Philippians’ patriotism, Caesar granted citizenship to the entire city of Philippi. This was a pretty big deal, since only a small percentage of the Roman Empire actually had Roman citizenship. Paul wrote to the Philippian church, though, to remind them that there are bigger authorities than the government. He explained that, while the people of the world “set their mind on earthly things,” we as Christians know “our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:19-21).
Although the world might look like it’s falling apart, in the grand scheme of things, the present political issues are nothing but a blip in the timeline of the planet. Votes will be vetoed. Rules will be overruled. Conquerors will be conquered. Kingdoms rise, kingdoms fall, and some new development is already on the rise. Politics, if nothing else, are incredibly fleeting—but I say that as a comfort. The accompanying worries will be short-lived. Evil plots are shaky, and human shortcomings are momentary. The Lord, though, is a foundation that endures for eternity.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t participate in politics. In fact, if Church entirely separated from state (or from any other institution, for that matter), how would the light of Christ have opportunity to shine in it? What I am saying is that we shouldn’t worry. God is not ignorant of current issues, and He has power to sway things if He so wishes (Proverbs 21:1).
More than that, I am saying that we shouldn’t place our identity and zeal in a political party or social movement, but rather live—heart, soul, mind, and strength—for the sake of representing Jesus, glorifying God, and obeying the Holy Spirit, regardless of the political environment around us.
You have dual citizenship: one of your kingdoms is temporal and temporary, and the other is eternal. For which will you raise your flag of identity? For which are you going to fight? Pick your battles wisely! Don’t get riled up over the kingdom of secondary importance. If you submit yourself to the eternal King, He will take care of the temporary kingdom (Matthew 6:33).