July 3, 2016

Christ and Country

Written by Boyd Bailey

Christ and Country 7.3

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – July 3, 2016

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance. From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind.  Psalm 33:12–13

God blesses a country that honors Him, but brings down a country that dishonors Him. It honors Him for His people to pray in earnest for righteousness to reign in religion, the workplace, the seat of government, and the home. It dishonors the Lord when we behave like His commands are suggestions and we marginalize His mandates. Countries founded on Christ are blessed if they continue with Christ.

Where is our Christ-conscientiousness? Do our actions reflect accountability to almighty God and His ultimate judgment? Faith without the fear of God is weak and anemic in the face of moral relativism, academic attacks, and the indulgences of affluence. A nation that fears the Lord fears sin and its deadly consequences. Thus, Christians are called by Christ to engage in their communities with compassion and with a standard of right and wrong.

The law of the Lord is the basis of the law of the land in a country that honors Christ. The Bible is clear, “All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous” (Romans 2:12–13). God blesses a nation that obeys His laws.

Therefore, for our children’s sake, let us raise our standards of acceptable actions for preachers, politicians, and parents. Let us return to public prayers of dependence on the Lord and private prayers of repentance from sin. Without God’s blessing a country creeps into moral chaos, an economic meltdown, and institutional irrelevance, but with God’s blessing a country thrives on trust in Him. We desperately need to stay in a position to receive God’s blessing.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

 

Prayer

Am I a citizen who unashamedly represents Christ in my community? Do I pray with persistence and humility for repentance among God’s people?

Related Reading

Exodus 19:5–6; Psalm 144:15; Romans 12:14–15; 1 Peter 2:9

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    1. Gwynne says:

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