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Americans Today Aren’t Loyal to Each Other

“From One Christian to Another…”

As Christians, what should be our highest loyalty? Our country? Our community? Our church? Today white Christianity is linked with patriotism. Christians have become flag wavers. There is gratitude for our military and well there should be. Americans are supposed to be supremely loyal to other Americans and yet, black and white Americans aren’t supremely loyal to each other. The rich aren’t supremely loyal to the poor. There are all kinds of divisions and classism. In fact, it seems at times, that no one is loyal to anyone else.

I Feel Loyalty to Christians All Over the World                                      Walking the trail to Somalahun

Living overseas in a missionary role made me aware of Christians all over the world – Christians in very different cultures. Christians of different races. To be honest, my greatest loyalty is to Christians all over the world regardless of race, nation, or class. I feel more loyalty to a Christian in Lebanon, Syria, Liberia, Russia, or any other nation who is a follower of Christ. We may have different cultural values. We may see things differently being from different races. But what we share is our bedrock values – Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. There is nothing that should supercede that.

Black Pride in Africa - The MendesSadly, Christians Have Fought Each Other

I realize countries may have evil governments and at certain times, Christians have fought Christians. The 100-year war in Germany was between Protestants and Catholics. During World War II, American Christians killed German Christians. More recently, the bloodbath in Rwanda was between Catholic Tutsis and Hutus.

Is It Wrong to Criticize Our Country?      monrovia

In America, white Christians were quick to condemn Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem as a sign of disloyalty. But Colin wanted to point out America’s injustices to black people so something would be done about it. Wouldn’t that make America better? Is it truly disloyal to criticize what you see wrong in your country?

The BoysWhite & Black Christians Live in Separate Fellowship for the Most Part

I know there are integrated congregations, but for the most part, black and white Christians live in separate fellowship social circles. Because of racism, white Christians feel more loyalty to non-Christian whites than they do to black Christians. Blacks are forced into racial loyalty for survival. Something is terribly wrong with this.

“Christians Are Members of the Same Family”                                    Anita carry Joe Mende Style

My husband always closed his anthropology classes by saying we are all “members of the human family in the world community.” I’d like to amend that to say we are all “Christian members of the same family in the world community.”

Lord, make us truly loyal to the body of Christ, no matter where it is.

Blessings on your journey of faith, anita

Beyond Myself Book Cover by Author Anita Katherine DennisBeyond Myself: The Farm Girl & the African Chief

I describe my journey of faith in my memoir of my love story. During the 1960s, I married my anthropology professor who was a hereditary African Chief of the Mende tribe in West Africa. This led me to visit Africa a number of times and live in his remote village for a year with our 3 boys doing lay missionary work. I certainly didn’t do things perfectly. And yet, the Lord has been so gracious in my life! I can only praise and thank Him!