1 Peter 2:9,11, NIV: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light…Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.

What is the American Dream? Does it extend its roots as far back as the Declaration of Independence wherein we read about “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness?” Is the concept of the American dream something that has transformed over time? And finally—is it a dream we as Christians embrace? Peter would remind us that our residence is not of this world but that we are citizens of another kingdom. As such, our first allegiance is to the Kingdom of God, and our first desire is to be for His Kingdom to advance. Dear Christian brother and sister, look around. How many do you see in pursuit of the American Dream? How many do you see in pursuit of the Kingdom’s Reality? And finally—what do you pursue?