I am first and foremost and forevermore a citizen of the kingdom of God. That is my true homeland. That is where my loyalty lies. My heart beats for the New Jerusalem and her King.
But I am called to live out that loyalty here and now as a citizen of the United States of America, and it is because of that loyalty that I am grateful to be an American. One needs only a passing acquaintance with the history of nations to realize how kind God has been to this nation and how kind God has been to me to make me a son of this nation.
There are many, many things to be grateful for on this Independence Day, but I want to specifically thank the Lord for making me an American.