THE CHARACTER OF CITIZENSHIP

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Citizenship is our social conscientiousness in action for the management and tempering of our personal freedoms and liberties on behalf of the greater good of civil peace and prosperity. It is defined as being a good citizen by being a good Christian in our place of dwelling. It sees those in civic leadership as God’s representatives, whose occupation is for the benefit of society in general thus, also benefiting the Church. It is expressed as Patriotism and Loyalty in honor of one’s Nationality (Numbers 27:18- 23; Joshua 1:16; Esther 2:21-23; Proverbs 25:15; Matthew 17:24-27; 22:17-21; Romans 13:1-7; Titus 3:1-2; 1 Peter 2:11-17).

Disloyalty, Unfaithfulness, Untrustworthiness, and Misguided Strong Views are the opposites. When we do not seek to honor our leaders and government, we are fighting against God and His representatives. These misguided traits will cause undue persecutions to the Church and misrepresentations of our Lord. It is the unworthiness from our sinful nature that refuses to bow down to godly authority!

God is calling us to be good citizens no matter what government “controls” us. We are called to obey the will of God; this, as hard as it is to take, is the will of God, no matter what the qualifications or spirituality of the leadership. Being a good Citizen is about our liberty, our freedom in Christ, and being responsible with it (Prov. 8:15; Dan. 2:21). Christ’s work has freed us, but that does not mean we can do whatever we please.

Being a good Citizen is about being submissive; it is a call to voluntarily submit, even though you are not required to do so. Submission is respect, and thus is not to exceed the parameters of the will of God or of love and righteousness (Ephesians 5:21-22; 1 Peter 3:1; 5:5). God establishes and is the authority, and He gets the glory. For this reason, Christ is extolled; His name and reputation remain good, shown in good light, because we are His windows to the world! When we are submitting to others, we are submitting and serving Christ as Lord (Col. 3:23-24)! When we disobey the government, we are disobeying God who set up those people in their leadership positions (Ex. 22:28; 1 Kings 21:10; Prov. 16:10; 21:1; 24:21; Rom. 13:1-7).

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