“AMERICA FIRST” isn’t just a slogan for our current political administration. It has been around for at least a century. President Woodrow Wilson pitched it during the 1916 election. It was even the name of an isolationist political party at the end of World War II, the America First Party, and again in 2002.
“America First” isn’t quite “Me First.”
But it is “Us First.”
And what is “Us” if not a bunch of me’s?
So “America First,” it could be argued, is a crowd of “Me First” souls.
Jesus wasn’t a Me First kind of a guy. He was a You First, Me Last kind of a guy.
From time to time, we Christians need to remind ourselves of that – if, for no other reason, to keep from mutating the name of Christ into something secular and selfish. That is not who the Bible teaches he was, or who the Bible teaches his followers should be.
When the apostle Paul wrote a letter to a new group of Christians, he gave them a model to follow. It didn’t look anything like Us First.
“You First” Christianity
“Don’t do anything for reasons that are selfish or conceited. Keep it humble. Think of other folks as more important than you are.
It’s okay to take good care of yourself. But take care of others, too.
Think the way Jesus thought.
He was God in every way
But he didn’t hoard his equality with God.
He gave it up to become a servant.
He traded the image of God for the image of a man.
He humbled himself.
Obeying God, he humbled himself to death—the most shameful death of all: crucifixion.” Philippians 2:3-8 Casual English Bible
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