Jesus Christ is Lord need not be a trite religious phrase, it is a powerful pronouncement of politic. By saying that Jesus is my Lord we are making an utterance about who and what has ultimacy in our life. When we say that Jesus is Lord, and we take the time to think about it, we are making an agreement between ourselves, God and others that nothing will take precedence in our life that goes against the grain of the ethic of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus is Lord means that all of our lives are filtered through the example of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ which has revealed unto all of us the way we are to be in the world. Jesus is Lord means that we don't get to cozy up with those things that devalue the innate dignity of the human person. Jesus is Lord means that no political party, economic system, family of origin can inform how we are to live and love in the world. As disciples of Jesus Christ we make a bold claim that the world as it is; is a broken world in need of redemption and healing. Jesus is Lord trumps any other allegiances or membership; everything must be viewed through the way of Kingdom of God as revealed in the witness of Jesus Christ and the deposit of faith given to the church.
Our ultimate and final allegiance as apprentices to Jesus Christ will leave no room for anything except learning to organize our lives around the model of life revealed by Jesus and the story of the church. We have no fealty to political party, nation state, or familial allegiance that is higher or more powerful than our fidelity to the upside down ethic of the Kingdom of God.
~Fr. Lance Schmitz, St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church