I will try to be submissive [to human government] insofar as this submission does not compromise my basic allegiance to Christ.
– Andy T. Ritchie, Jr.
Such thinking has been a part of my theological frame for some time, and many welders have strengthened the undercarriage, so the frame is pretty unlikely to break at this point. The place of allegiance has recently been bolstered considerably for me. Allegiance has been inextricably connected to faith itself. Based largely on an extensive interview with Matthew Bates, author of Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King, I now have a fuller understanding of what “faith” might mean in NT scripture. Now, when I come to passages in Galatians and Romans and Mark and Romans that use πίστις | pistis (typically rendered as faith and once, in a while, as faithfulness by the NET Bible and by some more recent commentators), I now have another viable option: allegiance or loyalty.
I recently wrote these two pieces on allegiance on my other blog: