Duties of Christian Citizens
Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity (1 Timothy 2:2).
Our hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ and not in national governments. However, in whatever government God has placed us in, we are to pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2) and be good citizens (1 Peter 2:13-15).
For those of us blessed to be placed in a society with political freedom and the privilege to help select leaders through voting, we have a special obligation.
Concerned with complacency by many Christians, years ago I published a little booklet titled, "Your 5 Duties as a Christian Citizen." We are still distributing it today, as its principles are timeless. In it, I quote the great evangelist Charles Finney, who in 1855 wrote: "The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent high ground... Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God."
The first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Jay, said, "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it the duty -- as well as the privilege and interest -- of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."
Voting for and supporting moral candidates who support moral public policies are the minimum required of Christian citizens in a system of self-government. Godly people must vote for godly rulers.
Christian lawyer Michael Whitehead put it this way: "If America is to be saved, saved Americans must lead the way."
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 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."
Would you like to help save your country? In my next letter, I will share your five duties as a Christian citizen.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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