Christian Citizenship

 

October 28

 

Read Titus 3:1-3

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone. At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.

 

Reflect

How have you changed since you met Jesus? Is your faith on display in your citizenship or do your actions and attitudes deny your faith in the public sphere?

 

I often have a hard time discerning the Christians from the nonbelievers in the public sphere. The Bible is clear that we should not be disrespectful or disobedient just because we disagree with government officials. It also says not to slander anyone. Yes, even someone from a different political party. And yes, even on social media. We are to be gentle, peaceable, and considerate, even as we debate or disagree.

 

When interacting with our secular culture, it can be difficult to cooperate because our value systems are often so different from those around us. We definitely should not compromise our faith and we do need to obey God first and foremost. But as we contend for the faith and stand up for our values, we should strive for peace and speak with love. We should always advocate for biblical truth. But if our actions and our attitudes towards others are not biblical, we are hypocrites.

 

Paul tells us that remembering where we came from will help us remember how to act in public. I was once foolish, disobedient, deceived, and enslaved. The people I am coming in contact with are just like I used to be! I should not be acting in arrogance as a believer. “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” I have been saved by God’s grace. I didn’t do anything to deserve it. Therefore, I should behave with great humility and grace as I interact with my community.

 

Friends, we should act like believers in public just as much as we do in private and in the comfort of our Christian circles. Let’s show our community the love and grace of Jesus in our citizenship.

 

Pray

Father, thank You for Your grace. Help me to be a good citizen and put Your love and grace on display no matter where I am. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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Thanks for your question. It's no doubt frustrating and offensive when people live in opposition to God. Jesus' actions in the temple provide us with a richer picture of His life and actions. I think you bring up a valid point that we are the temple of God. We, as Christians, need to remember there is no separation between the holy and the secular. Everything is theological. Everything is spiritual. We cannot separate the two. And this leads me to answer your question. Non-believers act like non-believers. We shouldn't be surprised. We are called to do the work of evangelists. We are called to scatter seed and water as we go. We are called to preach the cross of Christ in all areas of life. We are called to make disciples as we go. I think the challenge can be not adding more offense to the gospel in the process. The gospel is offensive enough. So we should speak out against the evils of the world. We have the privilege to live in a democratic society where everyone's opinions are heard (though not all are right or valid). So we should do something, but never abandon the gospel and never add more offense to the message of Christ.
Heavenly Father, I admit to being disobedient to authority on occasions, and of being disrespectful to some of my friends and my neighbours. Please forgive me.
Father, thank you for your grace, You are All knowing, All powerful, and All loving. Help me to be a good citizen by displaying love and the grace of Jesus, in my citizenship.
God bless you
This is a good reminder for us today and every day of our lives.
Explain to me the act if Jesus in the temple when he overturned the tables of the merchants and voiced anger to those who defiled God in Gods house. I know the public arena is not considered Gods house but I believe we are Gids house within all of us and where we are is where Gods house is! How then do we not react to those who defile God in public with their actions of anti Christ and ignorance if the commandments? God did not always send his Angel's, in fact he rarely did, but he did direct his believers to oppose Satans followers many times!
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FATHER, GIVE US THIS DAY AND ALL THAT IT ENTAILS IN JESUS AMEN
Father forgive me for my hypocritical ways ! I am guilty as sin ! This political atmosphere has over taken me ! Help not to be judge mental but salt and light ! In Jesus name I pray Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Amen thanks for that word this morning
Yes Dear Jesus show us your way. Teach me Lord the things I need to know to be a good citizen.always showing your love and grace to others.
Show me the way this day by your Grace and mercy Amen
Amen so true
Lord help me to love as you love me and to remember but for your grace that unlovable one could have been me.
Amen
Father in heaven, I need your strength right now. I am dealing with controlling my attitude and my feelings. Lord give me Your Spirit. Help me behave in a way that is pleasing and obedient to You. I do not want to be a hypocrite. Or disobey You in no way. Help me Lord. In Jesus righteous name I pray, Amen.
Thank you Nat Amen
Excellent word!
A timely reminder!!
Amen, amen
Love your enemy and pray for those who are hate you. We must trust Jesus is in control of the differences we have with others and give him glory knowing that he loves us.
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Great word Pastor, our citizenship, helps us to remember "who we are and whose we are" so we can better represent the One who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.
I was once disobedient but now I have Jesus i have changed a lot it's truly a good feeling