Christian Citizenship

But they desired a better country, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
—Hebrews 11:16

Devotion:

Christianity has always been part of American life since the time of the Pilgrims until now.

Today, people seem to think that in some way religion in general and Christianity in particular are inimical to good government and that the purpose of the government is to keep religion away from the civic arena. This is a very different view than that held by George Washington, who said, “True religion offers to government its surest support.”

Why are people so against Christianity? What is it about Christ that they so abhor? They declare, “We will not have this man to reign over us” (Luke 19:14, nkjv). People do not want anybody—especially not Jesus Christ—to have power or control over their lives. Perhaps it gets back to what Jesus said in John 3:19: “light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

We Christians have a dual citizenship. We should do all we can to make our country the best it can be. We should seek godly values and vote for men and women of integrity and wisdom. Even as we work to make our country a good place to live, we know that there is a city that God has prepared for us; a country where He rules that is, and always will be, our true homeland.

 

Question to ponder: What are your thoughts on our dual citizenship?