|Posted on October 16, 2020 at 12:40 AM|
This being an election year it is no surprise we have conflict in our nation. While this year may seem to be more intense than previous years with violence in the streets of some cities, the struggle has always been there. Any nation founded upon biblical principles acknowledging the God of creation is bound to have conflict in this world. Our history is filled with intense conflicts, including a civil war, to ensure the freedom of our own citizens as well as those around the world. Despite what some may think freedom is not free.
As believers we have a “dual citizenship”. We are both citizens of our nation on earth and citizens of heaven above. In Philippians the apostle Paul states that, “our conversation (citizenship) is in heaven” and in Ephesians 2: 19 he assures us that we “are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” As such we have all the liberties and rights afforded by both the constitution of the United States and the sovereign will of God. We are truly blessed by both God and country but also have certain responsibilities to each.
As citizens of heaven we are given a high calling in Christ Jesus to love others the way he loves us. Because of whom God has made us to be in Christ we have his Spirit living within to direct all that we say and do in fulfilling that calling. The liberty we have in Christ is not to selfishly do and say whatever we feel will make us feel or look good, but to follow the leadership and power of the Spirit to be Christ to those around us. The freedom to be Christ to others is the most satisfying life we can ever live on earth. It is not just a duty but a privilege.
As U.S. citizens we also have responsibilities. In Romans 13 Paul states that God ordained human government for our good and that we must subject ourselves to the powers that be for the welfare of all. This does not mean that we are to put our faith in human government, but that we are to respect the authority God has given those in charge. As citizens on earth we subject ourselves to the God-ordained authority of our government, but as citizens of heaven we trust and obey only God through the personal leadership of his Spirit. Since Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” he alone has the right to lead us in all that we do or say as citizens of heaven and on earth.
Among our greatest responsibilities as U. S. citizens is to participate in the electoral process for the representatives and officials in our government. Such participation is not simply a duty but a privilege each believer has to campaign and vote for their preferred candidate. Like all other issues in our lives as ambassadors for Christ we must follow the personal leadership of the Spirit in the process. Rather than simply listen to the opinions of man concerning the issues and candidates we can cut through all the political lies and empty promises inherent in the process and follow the personal leadership of the Spirit of truth God has given each of us. Being a citizen of heaven makes us a better citizen on earth.