God ~IN~ Country: Part 9 – By The Grace of God

The key to a Christian view of citizenship is moderation and balance between the extremes of placing too much trust and energy into human efforts to change the world and the opposite error of sitting back and doing nothing because we feel the situation is hopeless.

The Christian should not have an overly optimistic view of human efforts as human affairs are so corrupt that they can never be corrected by human effort. Injustice is always present in the world and it will remain till judgment day. No amount of utopian dreaming, no amount of human effort is going to remove it. Dreams of an earthly utopia based on human effort are doomed to failure. As long as we are in the world, we will have to live with evil.

Simultaneously, our role is not fulfilled by standing on the sidelines of life, bemoaning the evil condition of the world and longing for the return of the ”good old days.” There never have been any “good old days” since Eden. We are here to use the gifts God has given us to the best of our ability in the present. God tells us not to trust in human effort and not to worry about the future. But he also tells us just as emphatically to get to work to serve the best interest of his kingdom and of our neighbors.

Someone unknown wrote, “I am only one man, but I am one man. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And what I can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do.”

Biblical characters such as Joseph, Daniel, and Naaman actively served their governments without compromising their principles. In this area, too, we must not be paralyzed into inaction by fear of failure, but trust God’s guidance and forgiveness. Who can serve the government better then a Christian?

Only a true Christian can have truly unselfish motivation, for he realizes that true happiness is not a life cluttered with possessions and accomplishments, but a life filled by Christ. A Christian citizen does not have to grasp and claw for his own advantage. He can risk himself and his own interests. He can let go of self-interest because he knows that Christ is his solid possession.

“Dangerous times call for leaders that threaten to undo everything Hell is trying to pull off. NOW is the time for a gathering of enlightened warriors. No more timid dreams. The battle of your lifetime rages in the heavenlies and God answers by releasing new champions to the field. THIS IS YOUR HOUR!” ~ Lance Wallnau