CHRISTIAN CITIZENSHIP

“. . . Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” (Matthew 22:21).

America is in a great crisis. One of the reasons for it is the lack of Christian participation in politics. Politics seems to be a nasty business, which makes most Christians shy away from it. However, we need to be aware that if Christians with love and concern for people don’t run for public office, others with far less noble motives will.

Christ lived in a land which was part of the Roman Empire. Romans ruled and reigned over it. To be a Christian citizen in that day simply meant to obey Roman law and pay your taxes. They had no say-so in their government.

Today, Christian citizenship requires more than that. It amuses me to hear people ranting and raving against the government. WE are the government! We are not ruled over by foreign powers. We can put people into public office, and we can take them out.

President John Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” It is time for Christians (real ones) to stand up, speak up, and get involved. We will never have better government until we have better people in it.

To be a Christian citizen living in a free country means intelligent and conscientious participation in politics so that God’s will may be done on earth as it is in heaven. What will you do?

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