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Five Essential Duties of a Christian Citizen

Posted by faithandthelaw on March 20, 2010

 

Citizenship in a free country is a blessing from God. Our great system of self-government assures every Christian a voice in the affairs of the nation, and enables us to bring a heavenly perspective to the earthly realm. God wants us to do His will in government, just as in the church and in the home.

But too often we have disobeyed our Lord. We have ceased to be the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world,” as Christ has commanded us. As a result, the moral fiber of America is rot­ting away – and our priceless freedom is in grave jeopardy. Atheism is penetrating every area of our national life. America is faced with the great­est crisis in its history. We are in danger of losing our nation by default, and with it our individual freedoms and possibly our very lives.

If that should happen, our opportunity to help fulfill the Great Commission throughout the United States and the world will also be lost. And hundreds of millions will never have an opportu­nity to receive our Savior.

British statesman Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” America is one of the last strongholds of freedom on earth – and citizens who are dedicated to God are the only resource for the preservation of our freedoms, including the freedom to serve Him.

It has been reliably estimated that more than half of the people of the United States profess faith in Jesus Christ. By following the simple guidelines contained in this booklet, even a small percentage of us can be used by God to set this nation on a new course of righteousness for His glory.

Charles Finney, who helped introduce half a million Americans to Christ, wrote in 1835:

“The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics, or the Lord will curse them… God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as part of their duty to God… God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics .”

His words are no less true for us today. Our nation’s course is up to us.

Your Christian Citizen Checklist

Mark Twain understood the importance of a Christian’s responsibility as a citizen. He wrote: “A Christian’s first duty is to God. It then follows, as a matter of course, that it is his duty to carry his Christian code of morals to the polls and vote them… If Christians should vote their duty to God at the polls, they would carry every election, and do it with ease… it would bring about a moral revolution that would be incalculably beneficent. It would save the country.”

With so much at stake in our nation, honestly answer these questions about your role:

Do I pray faithfully for a spiritual revival to sweep America?

Am I registered to vote? Do I encourage other Christians to register?

Am I making a serious effort, along with my Christian friends, to become informed about the candidates and issues?

Am I actively involved in helping to select and elect godly candidates to office?

Do I vote in every election for the best can­didates, regardless of party?

Faith in our Lord implies obligation and duty to serve Him in all areas of life – including citizenship. And what is far more important, you will learn how to practice your citizenship for His glory.

1) Pray

Pray that God will send a great spiritual awak­ening to America, that many millions of our citi­zens will receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and that Christians will dedicate themselves to God for spiritual living and active service within the family, the church, and the nation.

2) Register to Vote

Be registered as a qualified voter so you can practice your citizenship with accountability to God.

3) Be Informed

Organize and lead or participate in a study group to inform yourself and others concern­ing the structure of government, current politi­cal problems and issues, and how to serve God effectively in the political arena at your level of influence.

Just as the untrained soldier is at the mercy of his enemy, the uninformed Christian cannot pre­vail against evil forces in the world of politics. Knowledge is essential to effective action. “The wise man is crowned with knowledge” (Proverbs 14:18). To serve God effectively as a citizen, you must learn how to act for His glory within the framework of existing political processes

Delay can be fatal to America. Do not allow anything to hinder you from becoming a well- informed Christian citizen. Knowledge must result in action.

4) Help Elect Godly People

Help elect strong, godly people to public office at the local, state, and national levels. Support them faithfully throughout their terms of public service by lovingly sharing with them the biblical views on issues, praying for them, and encouraging them.

Righteous rule brings rejoicing. “With good men in authority, the people rejoice; but with the wicked in power, they groan” (Proverbs 29:2). The most effective way to restore righteous rule and rejoicing in America is to elect godly people to positions of authority. This can be done only by informed, praying Christians like you.

5) Vote

Vote consistently in every election, after be­coming informed about the various candidates and issues, and evaluating them on the basis of the Word of God.

Why You Must Vote

Only when you cast your vote do you fulfill your Christian responsibility in government. Exercise the influence that God has given you through our unique system of self-government. If you fail to vote conscientiously for godly rule, evil will increase in our nation. “When rulers are wicked, their people are too” (Proverbs 29:16). Our nation will then bear the consequences of our choices. “You will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the Lord will not an­swer you in that day” (1 Samuel 8:18, NIV).

It is commonly believed that decisions in America are made by a majority of the people. This is not so. Decisions are made by a major­ity of those who vote. As few as 16 percent of all eligible voters in a district can elect a member of Congress. Even presidents have been elected by an average of one-half the votes per precinct nationwide.

By one vote, Texas was admitted to the Union; Hitler won leadership of the German Nazi Party; and the U.S. House of Representatives elected Thomas Jefferson as President. Your one vote does make a difference!

Let God’s Word Be Your Guide

In making your decisions, let the Word of God be your guide. “Godliness exalts a nation” (Prov­erbs 14:34)., so it is important to prayerfully seek God’s will in all political decisions. Israel invited God’s anger by selecting leaders without consult­ing Him: “They set up kings without my consent; they choose princes without my approval” (Ho­sea 8:4, NIV).

If there is no qualified candidate who is spiri­tually mature, vote for the one whose personal principles and platform most nearly agree with your own Christian position based on the Bible.

Dedication to Freedom

When the signers of the Declaration of Inde­pendence affixed their signatures to that historic document, they were will aware that if the colo­nial cause failed they would be executed as trai­tors. They were that dedicated to the cause of freedom. Any less dedication on our part will re­sult in a loss of that precious freedom for which they and thousands of other were willing to die. We dare not fail them, ourselves, and far more important, our Lord, to whom this nation was dedicated. Our nation is now faced with its great­est crisis in history. If you ever plan to do any­thing for Christ and America, please do it now.

Courtesy of http://www.campuscrusade.com/downloads/5_Duties-Text.pdf

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