Today is Canada Day for me. I am celebrating by being a bright shade of red - a sunburn from a day at the beach yesterday. Today we plan to hang out with some friends and go see some fireworks in the evening. South of our border Americans will celebrate in a few days in a similar way, but on a larger scale.
Some food for thought from Tertullian as we join these patriotic celebrations.
We are charged with being irreligious people and, what is more, irreligious in respect to the emperors since we refuse to pay religious homage to their imperial majesties and to their genius and refuse to swear by them. High treason is a crime of offense against the Roman religion. It is a crime of open irreligion, a raising of the hand to injure the deity ... Christians are considered to be enemies of the State ... we do not celebrate the festivals of the Caesars. Guards and informers bring up accusations against the Christians ... blasphemers and traitors ... we are charged with sacrilege and high treason ... we give testimony to the truth.The Christians were considered irreligious in their response to the religion of Rome. They did not worship the Caesar like the nation expected. They refused to confess that Caesar was Lord. This is what made them enemies of the state, and they were persecuted for this.
-Tertullian (c. 160 – c. 225 AD)
The kingdom that Christians pledged allegiance to was the kingdom of God. They confessed that Jesus was Lord.
Here are a few more quotes:
- I recognize no empire of this present age.
-Speratus, from "Acts of the Martyrs"
“I do not wish to be a ruler. I do not strive for wealth. I refuse offices connected with military command” - Tatian (c. 120–180)
"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." (1 Peter 2:9 NIV)
So what do I think? You can quote me on these. :)
"I love the people in Canada, but my love for people sees no boundaries of politics or race."
"May God's kingdom come and God's will be done, here and now as it is in heaven."