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.
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.
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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