1 Peter 2:11-17
Take God's Word, the Bible, find if you will I Peter chapter 2 and I'm going to begin reading in verse 11. We're talking about Christian Citizenship today. I Peter chapter 2 and verse 11. ''Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul: Having your conversations ....'' that word literally means your behavior ''.... honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may be your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.'' That means observation. When they see you. When they inspect you. And then verse 13. ''Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.'' America is a great nation.
Why is America a great nation? Because of her natural resources? Other nations have natural resources. Because of Yankee ingenuity? Other people are clever, industrious and have a high I.Q. Why is America a great nation? America is a great nation because of her spiritual strength. Because of her Christian faith. No nation ever had such a Christian beginning as this nation had. When those pilgrims came to our shores they came seeking religious liberty. In 1620, those pilgrims huddled beneath the deck of that little Mayflower ship that brought them there. They wrote together a document and they called that document the Mayflower Compact. It began with these words, ''In the name of God .... amen.'' And they said in the Mayflower Compact that the reason they came to th ...
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