Rather, he continues, "the concern is that a president’s signature on one of those Bibles could step on what is holy. It could directly or indirectly come up against the biblical dissonance between earth and eternity."
Bravely treading into eschatological territory to prove his point, Goins-Phillips explains that we are living in a unique time in which Christ's church has been established through the cross, yet the kingdom to be established by his second coming is not yet reality. Because of this, Christians are forever in a position to be wary of taking their earthly ciizenship too seriously, especially to the detriment of their allegiance to their heavenly King.
"Our citizenship is in heaven alone," Goins-Phillips firmly states. "While we can take pride in our heritage, there is no space for what the Moody Bible Commentary describes as 'nationalistic arrogance' in the Christian heart."
"While the true battle is against evil spiritual forces at work around us, there’s no doubt earthly kingdoms are imperfect and are, by nature, in opposition to God’s heavenly kingdom," he concludes. "It’s best to just keep the two separate."
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