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REPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP

REPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIPPs Arlene stubss

Responsible CitizenshipRomans 13:1-7Matthew 5:13-16

Responsible CitizenshipFreedom and power bring responsibility. The responsibility rests upon this assembly, a sovereign body, representing the sovereign people of India- Jawaharlal Nehru, August 14, 1947

Responsible CitizenshipI. The Christian and Government Romans 13:1-7Government is ordained by God.The authorities that exist have been established by God v1Rebellion against authority is rebellion against God.He who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted. v2

Responsible CitizenshipRulers are servants of God.For he is Gods servant to do you good. v4

Responsible Citizenship4. Two reasons why Christians must obey civil authorities. v5For wraths sake If we fail to obey, rulers have power to afflict punishment.For consciences sake A true believer ought to obey because of conscience a higher motivation.

Responsible Citizenship5. Pay what you owe! v7

Responsible CitizenshipWe are commanded to pay what we owe:taxes, revenue, respect and honor.

Responsible CitizenshipII. Conflicting obligationsBoth Old and New Testaments recognize that there may be times when religious sphere and political sphere conflict.But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine Daniel 1:8

Responsible CitizenshipWe must obey God rather than man. Acts 5:29Civil authorities are not to take over the authority of God. Whenever they do, we must always obey God.

Responsible CitizenshipIII. The Christians influenceChrist describes the influence of Christians by two metaphors:Salt You are the salt of the earth. v.13Property of Salt: prevents decay. As believers, we are to penetrate society so we can prevent it from decaying.

Responsible CitizenshipLight You are the light of the world. v.14Light penetrates darkness. It is our responsibility as believers to reflect the light of the Gospel by the way we live.You must live so that men may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. v.16