Posted by Peggy Utley

As Christians we are citizens of two worlds. Philippians 3:20 says, “Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body”. We are also citizens here on earth.

J.I. Packer wrote, “It is a paradox of the Christian life that the more profoundly one is concerned about heaven, the more deeply one cares about God’s will being done on earth.” Sir Frederick Catherwood, a Christian member of the European Parliament, put it this way: “To try to improve society is not worldliness, but love. To wash your hands of society is not love but worldliness.” Christian should be good citizens.

Being a good citizen requires that we obey the laws, pay our taxes, pray for those in authority, stand up, speak up and confront evil and injustice, show honor to all men, including those in civil authority and in a democracy VOTE.

We are just days away from the election that will determine the future of our country. How blessed we are to live in a country where we are privileged to vote for the candidates of our choice. We may not like the choices that we have but one of them will be the next President of the United States, others will fill positions in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and multitudes of other offices in Federal, State and local government.

It is the average citizen like you and me who will make the choice of who will lead our country. I urge you to vote. Vote early if you can but vote. Do not neglect this great privilege. Do not be complacent. Do not think that your vote doesn’t count. History shows that it does.

Jeffrey L. Myers wrote a book entitled “Vital Truth: Christian Citizenship” in which he said, “Remember that it is Christian involvement in government through the ages that gave us hospitals, civil liberties, abolition of slavery, modern science, the elevation of women, regard for human life, great works of art and literature, a workable system of justice, education for common people, the free-enterprise system, and much, much, more.”

Exercise your privileged responsibility as a citizen – VOTE. It matters!

In His love,

Charles