The Demands Of Christian Citizenship
I Peter 2:11-17
This has been a wonderful, wonderful service. Thank you Jim. Thank you choir. Thank all who've had a part, and tonight we're going to have a wonderful service also. First Peter, Chapter two, and in just a moment we're going to begin reading in verse 11. I make no apology whatever for saying, without stutter, without stammer, without fear, without reservation, I am a loyal, red-blooded, flag-waving patriotic American. Amen. I uh I am. I still get a lump in my throat, uh when they we sing the star-spangled banner. And I still get a my eye when Old Glory goes by, and I hope that my pulse will always quicken just a little bit when we get into these kind of services, because with all of our failures, with all of our faults, and all of our disappointments, America is still the greatest nation on the face of this earth, and not because of our own doing, but from the grace of God which I want to show you from God's Word. Today, I want to talk to you on the demands of Christian citizenship, because a Christian is a citizen of this world, and the world above. And down here the Bible gives us some demands that we are to live, some ways we are to live in this earthly pilgrimage. Begin reading in verse 11, "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation." Now the word visitation literally means in the day of observation, that is when they inspect you, when they look you over, they are going to have to say even grudgingly "There is something different about those people." It goes on to say, Submit yourselves to ever 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 th ...
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