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Don’t forget your citizenship

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. (Romans 13:1-7 ESV)

 

The other day former governor – turned conservative talk-show host Mike Huckabee said a few words that apparently caught enough viral traction to make it to the daily news podcast I subscribe to (The World & Everything In It…Rocks).

One of the things he said as more of an off-handed comment struck me the most out of everything he had to say. He opened with a statistic: of the 80 million self-identified evangelical Christians only 50% are registered to vote. Of those 40 Million, less than half will vote in any given election.

To be transparent, I searched for a while for some hard research to back that up and while I found many who cite it, I’m still looking for a verified study for it.

 Of course, “Christian” is not a political party. In our church alone there are christians that represent all shades of the red and blue spectrums. Yet If these statistics are even close, it is likely we’ve neglected a significant part of who God calls us to be in our day. One of the favorite church fathers for today’s budding theologians to quote is St. Augustine. He wrote a book called The City of God where he talked about the fact that every christian is a Citizen first of the City of God and second the city of man. We often use that to talk about how our first allegiance is to God and his purposes. And this is a good and true idea. BUT what about the other citizenship? As Romans 13 above points us to, a healthy biblical worldview would say that our citizenship in heaven should compel us indeed to be the very best citizens in our respective countries here on earth, submitting ourselves to the governing authorities and investing our lives for the flourishing of the city.

I’ve decided not to drill down too deep into the theology of citizenship in this post, but at bare minimum I think we’d agree Christians should be involved. Christians should vote, not because of their political affiliations but, because their heavenly citizenship compels them to seek the flourishing of their earthly nation. On November 4 our nation will give us the chance to serve it by influencing the election of public servants who will govern us. I urge you to choose to be an informed citizen and vote your conscience.

So look at your calendar NOW. See November 4 there a couple of weeks away? Go ahead and make plans now to go to your local precinct and leverage your citizenship.

 

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