Dual Allegiances


Having moved around a lot as a kid I developed a very eclectic variety of sports teams I cheer for. This week two teams I like, Tennessee and Purdue, had it out for each other because Tennessee was trying to hire away Purdue’s very talented coach. I felt like I was in a very awkward spot. I didn’t know whether to complain about these actions because of what it may cost one team, or to support them because of what it could mean for the other team. I found myself caught in the middle because of my dual-allegiances. I personally see this same problem happening throughout many Christians’ lives. On one hand they claim allegiance to the Kingdom of God, and on another they give their allegiance to something entirely different. Sometimes the other allegiance is to a job, or a political party, or even an idea itself.  The problem arises when that secondary thing runs in direct contrast to the Kingdom of God. We sometimes forget that the Kingdom is a very real and active force in our lives and that it demands our complete allegiance. Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” Having interests, passions, and humble pride in life isn’t wrong, but we must be able to choose the cross first when the two conflict. Who will you be loyal to?                                            

Houston Haynes


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