The Christian And Political Action (16 of 27) by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #213, CT 3111132

I PETER SERIES, PT. XVI
"The Christian and Political Action"
(I Peter 2:13-17)

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake
to every human institution, whether to a
king as the one in authority,
14 or to governors as sent by him for
the punishment of evildoers and the
praise of those who do right.
15 For such is the will of God that by
doing right you may silence the ignorance
of foolish men.
16 Act as free men, and do not use your
freedom as a covering for evil, but use
it as bondslaves of God.
17 Honor all men; love the brotherhood,
fear God, honor the king.
We're continuing our study through this tremendous book. As you know,
the Book of Peter is a book of balance. It covers everything, and
that's why it is so important. You will find that God is balanced.
Jesus showed us a balanced life, and the Scriptures teach balance in
the Christian life. So as we proceed through the Book of Peter, each
message may not hit exactly where you are, but I can assure you that in
the text of this book, almost every situation we face will be covered.
This message deals with government. We're all within the confines of a
government; therefore let's see what the Bible says about how we're to
live in that political action of our life called government.
One of my favorite preachers, Dr. W. A. Criswell, said,
As we serve our Lord as fellow members of
the great commonwealth in heaven, so we
no less serve our Lord as fellow members
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of the commonwealth of national
government on earth. Our allegiance to
Christ carries with it our dual
responsibility of our dual citizenship.
To be a good Christian is to be a good
citizen, actively taking part in both
commonwealths.
The Word of God is clear that we are to
live as responsible citizens in God's
kingdom and the earthly kingdom.
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