Posted by: Jim Black | October 14, 2008

The problem of dual citizenship

Politically Incorrect

I want to thank everyone for the positive response to last Sunday’s introduction to my latest sermon series, “Politically Incorrect.”  I have always wondered why we are so hesitant to talk about politics at church?  If our faith helps us in the major aspects of life (how to worship, how to serve God, how to love our family members) then shouldn’t it also inform our political thought as well?  Whether we realize it or not, our faith plays a huge role in our politics… in how we view the world and in what we consider to be important.  If the church doesn’t speak to the significant moral and ethical issues of our time, who will?  Are we prepared to leave it up the world to decide our nation’s “politics”?  Or do we have a responsibility to the world?  As we discussed last week, we DON’T have a responsibility to be “salt” and “light” to the world around us.  That’s “politics” isn’t it?


Another reason why we need to focus on this “intersection of faith & politics” is because of the upcoming election.  Elections are exciting!  They are full of twists and turns (at least this one has been).  They are also an opportunity for a renewed or fresh start every four years.  Regardless of where you are “politically” on this election cycle, we can ALL agree that we need to be in prayer over the election.  We can all agree that we as a nation want God to bless America and for God to guide our nation’s leaders.  Of course, our hope is ultimately not in either this country, its economy or its leaders… but in God and HIS kingdom.  That’s the thought behind next Sunday’s lesson, “The Problem of Dual Citizenship.”  While we, as Christians, are called to be salt and light to the world (cf. Matt. 5:13-16) we must also remember that we are first and foremost citizens of a much greater kingdom!  And OUR king is much greater than any candidate that we’ll consider on November 4th!  This week read Mark 12:13-17 and ask yourself what Jesus was saying about our relationship to the ‘kingdoms’ of the world.


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