Wednesday, August 10, 2016

exercising my citizenship

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
Philippians 3:20-21

These words are spoken by Paul after warning the Philippian church to steer clear of those who were enemies of the cross. These people work against the gospel and will be destroyed by their fleshly appetites. They delight in sins of which they should be ashamed, and their limited focus is exclusively worldly. See Philippians 3:17-19 for Paul's exact words on the matter. The bottom line is Christians follow NOBODY, no example and no leader who lives like this.

In contrast we are not citizens of any country or system here on this earth in the ultimate sense. We can't be. We belong to heaven and patiently await the arrival of our King and Savior. Jesus will transform our bodies just as His is now transformed by His resurrection. His power as Lord of the universe directs our lives. No earthly leader, no belly worshiping sinner who should be ashamed of their sinful arrogance can do anything remotely as great as that!

And I will act on earth as a citizen of heaven first and foremost.  It isn't about being conservative or liberal or Republican or Democrat. Those are mere trivialities beside the weight of glory that resides with my Jesus. I want the gospel to define me and will not place trust in any enemy of the cross. That would be a betrayal of my Savior. My citizenship is under my King, Jesus! This is always true, and will be true no matter which blonde wins the coming presidential office to lead a culture further from God.

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