Muslim First, American Second?

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I watched a news report this morning about the Ft. Hood shooter, Army Major Nidal Hasan.  In that report, a colleague of Major Hasan’s commented his concern that Major Hasan frequently commented he was a Muslim first and an American second.  I believe there is reason to be concerned about that declaration, but the reason I am concerned may surprise you.

Am I concerned that a man would put his relationship with his god above that of his country?  Absolutely not!  In fact, I consider myself a Christian first and an American second.  My concern is not over the fact that he is devoted to his religion more than his country, but to the religion he is devoted.

I believe any one who is seriously devoted to Jesus must be loyal to Him above everything else, including the United States of America.  Make no mistake, I have great pride in my country.  I consider myself a patriotic man with great love for the stars and stripes.  I have great devotion to mother liberty, but none greater than to the One by whose stripes I am healed.

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  1. Thanks for the perspective, Matt. When I first read the comment about him being Muslim first and then American second I was upset. Being a former soldier I cannot imagine that answer coming from a US soldier. After reading your blog I realize that my loyalty has to be first to my God and then my country. I never really thought of it like that before. Thanks again.

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