Christian Citizenship in Evil Days
As my family watched the first “presidential” debate this past week, we felt both discouraged and dismayed by all of it. Nearly everyone I’ve heard talking about it since has communicated the same kinds of emotions. Our national politics and discourse may just be at an all-time low, and things probably aren’t improving anytime soon. Like both of our major parties seem to be, many people feel stuck.
As Christians, we are not stuck. Our hope is not found in any party, platform, or human institution. The good news we all need is the Good News itself – that Jesus Christ is Lord and those who put their trust in Him will never be put to shame. No matter what happens on November 3, and whatever follows, Jesus Christ will still be on His throne, seated at the right hand of the Father, holding together everything that exists according to His sovereign authority and will.
This brings us to our next short sermon series beginning October 11 and ending the Sunday before the election.
On multiple occasions during His teaching, and in each of the seven letters to the churches in Revelation, Jesus exhorts His true disciples to have “ears to hear.” This series will dig into New Testament Scriptures about Christian citizenship from a Kingdom perspective, such as:
“Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, give to God what is God’s” (Matthew 22:21).
“Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13:10).
“…that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 1:2).
“Be peaceable and considerate, and always be gentle toward everyone” (Titus 3:2).
“Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s servants” (1 Peter 2:16).
We will remember Jesus’ words that give indelible hope during these evil days. “My Kingdom is not of this world…” (John 18:36).
Posted on Fri, October 2, 2020
by Kim Hayes