Being a Good Citizen
Today is President's Day. It serves to remind us of our heritage as a free nation governed by its citizens. That includes you and me.
What is it that God asks of us as citizens? There are many things, but let me suggest three important duties that we have.
First, we are to pray. Especially for those who are leading us. In I Timothy 2:1ff we read, "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior. No matter what we think of our leaders, God asks us to pray for them.
Second, we are to be knowledgeable about the issues. Ignorance is never a good thing. Worse yet is the attitude of "It's all too ugly. I don't want anything to do with it!" We need to be wise and know the issues that are important to us, and know where the candidates stand on these issues.
Third, we need to vote. We need to put our prayers and knowledge into action. It is through the small percentage of Americans that vote that decisions are made. We need to add our voice to the debate and vote. Our votes must be heard in our cities, our state and our nation.
As we remember some of the great Presidents who committed themselves to freedom and faith, may we continue that tradition by being good citizens today. That is part of our call to be salt and light to our world.
Scripture: Proverbs 11:11 - "The good influence of godly citizens causes a city to prosper." (LB)
Action Point: Pray today for those in leadership over you, over our city, our state, our nation and the world.
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