Good Citizens Are Kings Who Serve The King Of Kings
We live in times of increasing turmoil.
- Our society is torn with internal strife over what constitutes moral decadence. Not so long ago We the People strived to comply with the teachings of the Bible. However, special interests have used the public schools and the owners of the mass media have promoted a secular morality with considerable success. Hence, too many of our People perish because they lack knowledge of our Lord and Savior.
- Our enemies overseas are growing increasingly strong, and they are arming themselves with enthusiasm for conflict. More and more China, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and others constantly seek to expand their influence through violence. Unfortunately, our leaders seem confounded, unable to respond appropriately.
- Our society is torn with internal strife over how much power we should give the leaders of our government. Is our constitutional republic still viable, or must we submit to the demands of our elites and adopt Socialism, a system of government that has never worked?
- Our news media and political elites constantly warn us of impending doom from climate change, disease, solar storms, meteor showers, and so forth. Hence, We the People grow more and more uncertain and fearful.
How does all this turmoil affect us locally, here in Prince William County? When a society is beset by a crisis, We the People begin to seek a national savior. We the People ask:
- Who has the wisdom to solve this problem?
- Who has the talent to implement a solution?
Those questions are appropriate, but consider the following passage from the Bible.
Are things falling apart because We the People need to repent, to humble ourselves before God and pray for mercy? Do We the People need to turn to our Lord and ask Him to save us from our own foolishness? That seems to be the case. It is a cinch that we have not pleased our Lord with millions of abortions. It is certain we have sinfully neglected to instruct the children we have not aborted in Biblical morality.
We the People have increasingly become a society full of sexual immorality and broken marriages, a People consumed by the pursuit of status and wealth. Instead of God, we worship scientific experts. Instead of devoting our lives to serving each other, we have chosen dependence upon the state. We have turned from the glory and love our Creator, and we have become obsessed with the elevation of our self.
We may have numerous national crises. Yet there is no national solution. The root of our problem lies in our families and local communities. What kind of Christians trust politicians and strangers in the mass media to educate their children in what is right and what is wrong? That can only have one result. Confusion. Serious confusion.
Wisdom, the ability to properly discern between good and evil, is something we must learn. Unfortunately, generations of Americans have abandoned the instruction of their children to the public schools, and the public schools have not taught us wisdom. When our political leaders wanted to spend our money but found ensuring the religious instruction too inconvenient, we neglected the Biblical instruction of our children. Therefore, too many of our children — too many generations of Americans — have not learned Godly wisdom.
What can we do? Is there a savior, a man who can save us? No. Our salvation is in the Hands of our Creator. Still, we need to consider the context of 2 Chronicles 7:13-14. What is the subject of 2 Chronicles 7? This chapter describes the dedication of the temple King Solomon had built for the Lord. 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 tells us part of what the Lord said to Solomon the night after he had dedicated the temple.
Like King Solomon, every American citizen is a king, a king who can choose either to serve or to deny the Lord. In ancient times, the People had little choice over who ruled them. Today we vote, and today we can hold our leaders accountable. That is, we each have some responsibility for the decisions made by those we choose to rule over us. So, it is that like King Solomon, we each must turn to the Lord and ask Him for His wisdom and guidance. So, it is that like King Solomon we each have a role in the governance of our society.
Politics is not the solution. Jesus Christ is our Savior. Nevertheless, if we love Jesus, we will obey His commands. That includes behaving as good citizens and doing our best to make certain our government, especially our local and state governments, work appropriately for the benefit of our family, friends, and neighbors.
Some may think politics a strange way to show our love for one another, but even in a free society we each spend much time supporting our government through taxes. When our government performs poorly, we waste each others wealth, and our government does work not properly. Our schools miseducate children, criminals prey upon us, our roads are jammed with traffic, and so forth. Moreover, unless we are attentive to our government and the machinations of those who rule us, some our elites will strive to enslave us, including our family, friends, and neighbors, and they will succeed. Hence, when we behave as good citizens and participate appropriately in the governance of our society, beginning with local government — beginning with operation of our local schools, police, courts, public infrastructure and so forth — we show our love and concern for one another.
Therefore, politics is not a dirty business Christians should avoid. Politics is like anything else that people need. Politics is what we make of it. When we use politics to make certain our government protects the God-given rights of our family, friends and neighbors, that is an act of love. When we spurn politics because we don’t want to be dirtied by politics, that is as foolish as a farmer who refuses to plow his field because he does not want to get dirty. Just as good things grow in the dirty, good can come from the rough and tumble of politics.
To Be Continued
Part 2: Christians Cannot In Good Conscience Wash Their Hands of Politics