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“The New Philippians,” in which I compare the situation of the Philippian Christians, who, having forsaken their Roman identity for the sake of a Christian identity, were living under pressure in a Roman colony:
So too is the situation now with us Americans. Too often we commit idolatry in conflating God and country, seeing America as a new Promised Land and ourselves as the chosen people. But as Paul found his identity in the Jew Jesus Christ, not in Pharisaic Judaism, and as the Philippians were to find their identity in Jesus Christ, not in their Roman citizenship, we must find our identity in Jesus Christ, and not in our status as Americans, especially as culture and government seem to turn ever more against us.
As I point out, Philippians is read fruitfully alongside the Letter to Diognetus.
In short, pick a standard and raise it high, either SPQR or INRI: