The Best Citizens

Too often in our culture, things are portrayed as opposing extremes. Everything is either black or white. And when it comes to a Biblical discussion of citizenship, we are often led to believe that we are either all in for country or all in for God.
Truth be known, as we heard Sunday; we have dual citizenship. And with those allegiances, we have both benefits and responsibilities. Christians can and should have a voice in the public square, but that voice is to be measured, thoughtful, encouraging and supportive.
So how can a Christian serve as an American? Here are a few thoughts…
Let’s recognize that the church seeks to serve, not dominate. Let’s get involved as we survey our communities and the needs of fellow citizens. Let’s share resources, feed the hungry, help the homeless, support single moms, protect battered women. There are ministries all around us that will allow us to get involved. Let’s do so.
Let’s recognize that the church represents every nation, tribe and tongue (Rev. 7:9). Let’s make people of every background feel extremely welcomed in our midst. What a compliment to be known as a warm and friendly church.
Let’s remember that we advocate for the Kingdom of God by persuasion not raw power. It is the love of Christ that constrains us (II Cor. 5:14-19). Our voice reflects our values. We are not to be brawlers or fighters (Titus 3:2), rather we serve with gentleness and true humility.
And lastly, let’s be reminded that prayer is a normal part of our citizenship. It’s not a side venture. Paul reminded Timothy that our supplications, prayers and intercessions were to be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority (I Tim. 2:1-2).
Concerned about how things are going in public schools? Pray for your local school board members by name. Interested in some local issues? Start praying for your mayor or city council members. Want to see a difference at the state level or federal level? Pray for those in office, especially if you don’t agree with their ideas.
Godly citizens can and should get involved, but without a heart of fear. King Jesus reigns.
And Christians should be the very best citizens!

Sherry Worel
Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School. Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.