Pastor Phil concludes the message series on Building a Community of Character. The sixth pillar is Citizenship. It is difficult to try to figure out what it means to be a good citizen. We hold dual citizenship; as we are part of God’s kingdom we are a citizen there, but as travelers of this world we are also citizens here. Even though you may long to be at home with God, he has you in this place for a reason. Our purpose here isn’t just to defy authority, be ruthless rebels and blend in with everyone else. Or even on the opposite side to be so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good. God has put the governments of the world in place to provide order in our world.

So what did that look like in Jesus’ day? Jesus said to give to Caesar what is his. In other words, do what the rulers over us prescribe as long as they do not force us to go against God’s Word. Even Jesus’ parents, Joseph and Mary followed the authorities’ instructions on returning to Bethlehem for the census. The Apostle Peter reminds us to obey the authorities that are over us. So today, we have a Christian responsibility to be good citizens, supporting our government and our communities.

What does a good Christian citizen do to uphold that responsibility?

As you hold dual citizenship both in the place you live and as God’s chosen child, what are the blessings that come with that? What are some of the challenges of having dual citizenship? Leave your comments here or on our Facebook page. Thanks!