James Madison on the Kingdom of God

James Madison

This portrait of our fourth president and author of the Federalist Papers hangs in the White House. It serves as a reminder that our founding fathers rooted the creation of our nation in a loyalty to the greater Kingdom of God. In 1785 James Madison said:

“It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage… Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.”

Our first allegiance is to the God who provides the blessing of freedom in America and our greater freedom in Christ. He is the source of our liberty, he is the source of our greatness. Madison acknowledged the principle of duel citizenship. We are members of the American citizenry, but must first accept our role in the Kingdom of God. Otherwise, we will never truly understand or embrace the blessings He has bestowed on this nation.

What does it mean to have duel citizenship? How does it affect the way you see America?


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© Joshua J. Masters and American Psalms, 2012.
Quote Source: America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations by William J. Federer, 
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Public Domain Collection


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