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Christ in Culture - Part 2 (21 of 26)
Romans 13:8-9, Mark 12
INTRODUCTION: We are in this series called Christ and culture. And the text will take us into a couple of areas that we are taught to avoid. Most of us have heard the old saying, in polite conversation avoid the topics of religion and politics well today's text deals with both.
TEXT: Romans 13:6-7 (ESV)
6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
Paul, the Apostle is writing to a church that existed in the very heart of the Roman Empire. But he had surprisingly little to say about how Christians are to interact with the government, beyond honor and obedience as we dealt with last week, and paying our taxes as he deals with this week.
SO TODAY I AM GOING TO BUILD A SERMON FROM THE VOID.
• Why is there so little said in the NT about political involvement?
• What is our responsibility as Citizens Saints toward the political process?
• Does the Bible tell us who would Jesus vote for?
• Would Jesus want my children to consider a career in politics?
MY HISTORY: The first Presidential election that I really got into was in 1992, when I was 16 years old. Our nation had just emerged victorious in Operation Desert Storm. The next president would determine much of the course of my generation, whether my friends who were joining the armed forces would be sent into battle or not.
Politics to 16 year old boys in a small Southern town was a lot like college football. You choose your team early in life and you stuck with them.
This particular year it was a three way race between:
• The incumbent Republican President George H.W. Bush
• The demographic Governor from the Southern State of Arkansas Bill Clinton
• And the independen ...
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