Word for the World devotionals from Dr. Randy White


The Cosmic Patriot

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  (Matthew 6:33,)

GK Chesterton, an amazing philosopher, theologian, author, and social commentator of England, born in 1874, used to refer to himself as a Cosmic Patriot. I love the phrase!

I love patriotic things. I feel good when I hang the flag on my front porch. There are few things better than a fireworks display along with patriotic music. Something about the love for country brings out the best in mankind. There is within us a natural desire to be patriotic. Everywhere I have ever traveled, I have found that people love their country, even when their country is far from lovable. Patriotism is a human trait.

But as Christians it is important for us to remember that we are really not citizens of any earthly nation. We are just pilgrims, passing through. Our real citizenship is in the Kingdom yet to come. Our real patriotism should be towards that Kingdom.

Years ago, we used to sing a lot of Cosmic Patriot songs. The songs are still memorable to many of us. Songs like "Onward Christian Soldiers "or "Marching to Zion."  But in these days our songs do not focus on the Kingdom to come.  Nor do our lives.

Will you join me in Mr. Chesterton in a quest to become a cosmic patriot?

In His Grace,

Randy White

Heavenly Father, may my focus today not be on "these things" but rather on the Kingdom that is to come. In Jesus’ name! Amen.

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