Our Responsibility to Human Government by Ernest Easley

Our Responsibility to Human Government
Ernest Easley
1 Peter 2.11-17
May 27, 2001

Now on this Memorial Day Weekend .. I want to talk to you for just a few minutes about "Our Responsibility to Human Government." We've heard a lot recently across our community about "too much government" .. "we don't want government telling us what to do."
So why do we have government anyway? And should Christians be involved? Well .. let me say this: we have a duel citizenship! We are citizens of earth and citizens of heaven. And because we are citizens of Heaven .. we ought to be good citizens of earth!
That is what Peter is talking about in 1 Peter 2. Now .. I know you just sat through a worship service. I know that the mind can only take in what the seat can endure. And to add to that .. you are full of Faitias and ready for a nap. So ... if you will try to stay awake and alert for just a few minutes .. I will try to be as brief as possible. Deal?
Our Responsibility to Human Government
1 Peter 2.11-17
Now in these verses .. Peter explains how we can maximize our life for Christ in influencing our community and country for Christ.
(1) HE SPEAKS ABOUT OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Vv.11-12 ... Did you know that you are a sojourner and a pilgrim? Well .. that's what Peter says. And do you know what that means? It means that this world is not our home!
Now .. we're not gypsies! It's not like we don't have a home. In fact .. we're headed home! And the way to influence our community and country is found here in verse 11, "... abstain (hold yourself back .. keep away from; present tense) from fleshly lusts which war against the soul."
That's what it means to be salt and light! Not only are we to embrace what is right .. we are to expose what is wrong! What do you think has made America such a great country over the years? Her Christian faith! America was born with a declaration of independence from Great Britain and a dependence upon God.
The Bible says t ...


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