CHRISTIAN CITIZENSHIP

         As American citizens of the United States, we have just celebrated the 233rd year of our nation's  birthday. It was July 4, 1776, that Congress accepted from Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence. What should our distinctive role have been in this celebration? As grateful children of our heavenly Father, we of course want to thank Him for the uncounted blessings. He has unreservedly showered our land. Jehovah Jirah has blessed us beyond measure.
 
      We want to always do more than merely give thanks. Our Lord and Savior, who gave His life for us, has told us that we are to be "the salt of the earth." This I believe, applies not only to our private lives as individual Christians, but also to our civic lives as Christian citizens. Those among us who want to remove all vestiges of God from our history - past, present and future, really do not understand what they are doing. Adherence to the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, the Golden Rule, etc, is the cushioning, the buffers if you will, that makes self-government of a free people and the free-enterprise system work.  
 
      Historically, citizens of the world's nations derived their rights from their ruler -- whether he be a king, emperor or military dictator. Thomas Jefferson, with guidance from Franklin and Adams, declared a revolutionary new doctrine: "WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT, THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN INALIENABLE RIGHTS, THAT AMONG THESE ARE LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. THAT TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, GOVERNMENTS ARE INSTITUTED AMONG MEN, DERIVING THEIR JUST POWERS FROM THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED."
 
      A bold new concept was born that individual liberty was a birthright. Fifty-six men not only put their names on the document - they laid their very lives and fortunes on the line. John Hancock, being the first, signed very boldly, expressed the minds of the 56 men best, as he laid down his pen. He quipped, "There. Now George the Third can read my name without spectacles, and may now double his reward of 500 pounds for my head. That is my defiance.
 
      "Many sincere Christians feel uncomfortable when it comes to taking part in governmental affairs. This is due, in many cases, of a lifelong misconception of the idea of  "separation of Church and state." The Christian is not only a practicing member of his church, he is (or should be) a practicing member of his community, his state and his nation. Having rendered unto God the things that are God's, he must also discharge his rightful obligations to the community in which he lives.
 
      How desperately our nation needs the salt of Christian witness and action! Dishonesty, greed, profanity, divorce, and sins of sexual impurity are all about us. Salt is a preservative, but if not applied is worthless. We are to pray, to speak, to work for the welfare of the land we love. Are we doing that? Are we being the salt of the earth?
 
"Lord, while for all mankind we pray, Of every clime and coast,
Oh, hear us for our native land, The land we love the most. A
-Author unknown
 
      Just a thought from Parson Don across the Garden Gate.
 
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Updated November 27, 2009
 
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