CHRISTIAN CIVIC DUTIES

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” Romans 13:1

THE BIBLE SAYS…

1 PETER 2:13-17
“Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.”

ROMANS 13:2-6
“Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.”

THEREFORE…

WE AGREE THAT FOR A NATION TO FLOURISH, IT MUST FIRST RECOGNIZE GOD: America needs God.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” Psalms 33:12

WE KNOW THAT FOR A NATION TO PROSPER, INDIVIDUALS IN THAT NATION MUST REPENT OF SIN AND RECEIVE CHRIST AS PERSONAL SAVIOR: A nation fails when its’ citizens fail first.

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

WE ACCEPT THAT FOR THIS NATION TO BE BLESSED, OUR CHURCHES MUST BE REVIVED: The whole key to a successful democracy is the church.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

WE UNDERSTAND THAT INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS MUST STUDY THE ISSUES, KNOW THE CANDIDATES, AND VOTE FOR THE MOST GODLY OPTIONS: We must take this civic duty seriously.

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” Leviticus 18:22

WE KNOW THAT WE MUST SPEAK UP: We must make our voices known if our nation is to be preserved.

“Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.” Proverbs 31:8

WE BELIEVE IT IS THE DUTY OF CHRISTIANS TO OFFER THEMSELVES FOR PUBLIC OFFICE OR SERVICE: America needs more Christian police officers, firemen, teachers, lawyers, politicians, and military personnel.

“Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:3-4

WE OBEY THE LAW: The exception is when man’s law conflicts with God’s law. In those cases, we obey God!

“Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:21b

WE KNOW THAT WE MUST PRAY FOR AMERICA: Jesus is our only hope. This nation is doomed if we continue to turn our backs on the Lord.

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2