To Be a Responsible Citizen
1-3 Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.3-5 Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you’ll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you’re breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren’t there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That’s why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it’s the right way to live.6-7 That’s also why you pay taxes—so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders.
In the ranks of the Christian community of which I am a part, there are many mean-spirited, hateful, self-righteous, know-it-all, and venomous people who don’t in any way reflect the citizen called for in the Bible. They use as their justification for confrontational rhetoric, the standard set by the world and its philosophy, and probably would quote this verse from Proverbs 3:2
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. (KJV)
The lack of respect is sickening. No other word for it, and nowhere in God’s word is it condoned. Why, it was only in the last few days that a respected pastor in my community spoke up concerning the political climate and our proper Biblical stance. It is sad to say that even he was openly attacked by those that call themselves, loving, caring, and God-fearing believers. I think part of it is called being a ‘respecter of persons,’ and it is in Acts 10:34,35 that Paul says:
“I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, 35 but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. (NASM)
Who are we to judge mans heart? Are you qualified? While it is true that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks, only God sees the heart. My point is that we are Christians first, and so EVERYTHING we do and say, where we go, and what we put our resources to, should be a reflection of the grace of God that we have received. There will be things on which we disagree that our government does, true. There is a time and place to address those issues. One being prayer in the schools, a hot topic at the moment. It is debatable to say that the government legislating prayer from schools caused any specific tragedy; however, a negative impact has been felt. Pray; no law can prevent that.
Whoever is in the White House, or pastors your church, or leads the company you work for, pray for them! You will bring blessing to yourself in the process.