Christian Citizenship

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ
Philippians 3:20, NKJV

As born again believers we are eagerly waiting, inwardly groaning, anticipating the return of our King, the Lord Jesus Christ. While we greatly expect and anticipate this coming at any time, we are also commissioned as ambassadors of our King:

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:20, NKJV

While we have heavenly citizenship, and a heavenly King, we operate as His ambassadors in this earth. An ambassador is an official representative sent on behalf of a sovereign. An ambassador carries only the authority of His leader and is limited to the extent the authority given.

As Christ’s amabassadors in the earth, we represent a heavenly Kingdom with heavenly values and principles. When it comes to our earthly government, and our involvement in our government, we are to represent these heavenly values of our King.

Interesting, though, that a study conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, says that 62% of Americans say their faith has little to do with their voting decisions.

According to George Barna’s research, there are 90 Million born again Christians in the US eligible to vote, and in the 2012 general election, only 39 million voted.

So what is our response to the current tempest in our government? It is certainly not to keep quiet and do nothing. Remember, we have been sent, commissioned by the King. Our response should be to:

1. Pray for our Government (1 Timothy 2:1-3; Jeremiah 29:7; 2 Chronicles 7:14)

2. Pay for our Government (Romans 13:1-2, 6-7; Titus 3:1; Luke 20:21-25)

As we commit to these, let us remember who we are to represent and those Biblical values on which Christ’s amabassadors operate. With these values, we participate in government.

Three values of which I believe are crucial in our world today and are under blatant attack:

1. The Right to Life (Proverbs 24:11-12; Leviticus 18:21; Psalm 139:13-16)

2. The Biblical Family (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:24; Leviticus 18:22; Matthew 19:4-6)

3. Religious Liberty (Galatians 5:1)

In 1799, Samuel Chase, appointed to the Supreme Court by George Washington, said this in case Runkel v. Winemiller:

By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed on the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty.

Today, in 2016, the US Civil Rights Commission, says otherwise. They have likened religious liberty to hypocrisy and discrimination. The very foundations of our country and reason why we exist is under attack.

Martin Castro, chairman of the commission says this regarding “religious liberty”:

The phrases “religious liberty” and “religious freedom” will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy, or any form of intolerance.”

America’s first political document, the Mayflower Compact, says this

In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc. Having undertaken for the glory of God, an advancement of the Christian Faith, and the honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politik…

William Bradford, said this of the Plymouth Colony in 1620,

Last and not least, they cherished a great hope and inward zeal of laying good foundations or at last of making some way towards it, for the propagation and advance of the gospel of the Kingdom of Christ in the remote parts of the world, even though they should be but stepping stones to others in the performance of so great a work.

I recently shared a message with our congregation on living as Victorious Citizens. I would encourage you to listen to this podcast available on our site as it will give greater depth to this writing.

Let us consider the great blessing the Lord has given us in this great country of the United State of America, and consider the blood of those who have laid down their lives on the altar of freedom–both for our country and those who have given their lives as Christian martyrs.

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