The Best Thing Christians Can Do For Their Country
by Robin Calamaio
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Many Christians know their native country is on a moral path to destruction. Even though many "theologians" declare we are under a gracious New Testament God, those of sounder understanding know there is but one God who is "the same yesterday, today and forever" (Heb 13:8). This one God has graciously allowed the preservation of His Old Testament activities "for our instruction" (1Cor 10:11) - so we might know what actions bring His "visitation."
The Bible is filled with exceedingly valuable information on His activity with nations. He speaks of their birth, lifespan ... and death. There is no country, or government construct, that will make it into the coming eternal state. But God, in a present grace and power, still addresses the nations - granting promises ... and issuing warnings. As believers, we know that disaster is waiting at the end of unheeded warnings. His most laconic statement: "The wicked will turn to Sheol (the grave, the nether world), as will all the nations who forget God" (Ps 9:17). Nations that reject the dominion of the living Creator will be aborted by Him. The God of the Old Testament is alive and well. He always has been.
So, what can a Christian do for his/her country? Most power positions are occupied by non-Christians. But, even if some are, only a small segment of human activity can be controlled from there. Assaults upon legitimate moral norms fly from all quarters. The entertainment field (and all arts) are pushing all limits, governments are rife with corruption, illegal drugs (with associated criminal activities) are rampant, medical experimentation is ignoring basic life ethics, business deceptions abound - etc., etc., etc. Present moral containment is like trying to herd cats. So, is the Christian powerless - even a victim - before this moral onslaught?
The Bigger Picture On Law, Morality and Politics
The Bible tells us we are in "the last hour" (1Jn 2:18). So, what will this world look like at the end of this hour? Well, we already know. The end times will be like the days of Noah and like Sodom and Gomorrah. (See Gen 6-9 and 18,19 and Lk 17:26-30). God knows "the end from the beginning" (Isa 46:10). Ultimately, we will not be able to stop this.
The Smaller Picture - Our Personal Circle
While "our citizenship is in heaven" (Phil 3:20), our life in our current society is a very real one. Our family is real - and so are our friends, co-workers and fellow countrymen. When the Israelites were exiled to Babylon, God told them to "seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare" (Jer 29:7). There are two directives here. First, do things that will benefit that society. Second, pray for that society. Could it be ... God directs us in this same vein toward our native country?
For the Christian, right here, right now ... you ... what can you do to benefit your country? Fortunately, God has given two primary outlets that call for 100% of your energy and will keep you fully, and productively, engaged in your society. These make a huge difference - and you can do these regardless of the situation around you. These are totally under your jurisdiction and control ... and will produce positive results. They are your personal behaviors (righteous living) and your prayers. While only two things are listed here, notice that both ... are plural.
Abraham's "Deal" ... And Living Righteously
Abraham knew God was preparing to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. "Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? ... Far be it from You ... that the wicked and righteous are treated alike!" (Gen 18:23,25). He "bartered" with God until "a deal" was struck. If God found ten righteous people in Sodom, the whole area would be spared. While our ultimate righteousness is that of Jesus Christ Himself (Jer 23:6), each of us can aggressively pursue personal righteousness in all endeavors - and be salt and light in our areas of influence - by thinking right, acting right and reacting right. I can make internal decisions to live righteously ... and so can you. It is possible this may restrain His Hand - and cause Him to take a more measured response toward our society. We are talking about the same God here you know.
Praying ... Specifically for Leaders
"First of all then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made for ... kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior" (1Tim1-3). Can you do this? I can do this. This is fully in the power of our own hands. And I am confident these prayers He calls for ... He wants. God will use our labors in this area. So what do I pray? Well, first I try not to think about that leader as he/she currently is - but what God can turn that one into. That really helps. Second, I ask God to open his/her eyes to the Judgment he/she is heading toward! Most leaders have no idea they must account for their governance when they stand before the King of all the Kings and Ruler of all the Rulers. I ask for God Himself to reveal this to them. If He does, positive things will follow - fabulously positive things.
All of us know that the overthrow of a society poses great danger. Longer term, the result may prove positive, but then again, it could turn into a greater tragedy - for us, and our descendants, and our fellow countrymen. Our goal is to work for change inside our society that God counts as positive. From God's perspective, this is actually quite simple. The establishment of just civil law - from His value set - should be installed and fairly applied to all citizens.
"All Hands on Deck!"
If you are a Christian, and you think you are powerless in moving your country toward God's standards ... well, you either lack faith (which you can grow in), or you are in ignorance (but no longer), or you have been deceived. These are all easily remedied as we have a Creator who stands ready and willing to change you - and grant you unique spiritual direction. You are to be a weapon in His Hand "for the destruction of fortresses ... destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God" (2Cor 10:4,5). We do this when we live, speak, and pray according to His design for our lives. You can do this. You can. So can I. Christian, ... get to it.
In 1977, Robin became a Christian. BA, Bus. Admin (Milligan College '90) and M-Div (Emmanuel School of Religion '92). Whether you are looking for a Bible Study on Love or a visual Gospel Presentation , you can find these, and other Free Christian Ebook (s) at freelygive-n.com!
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