The Good Citizen

The world’s most desperate need.

1 Peter 2:13 – Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution.

Classroom education of America’s youth on what it takes to be a good citizen seems to have disappeared in favor of social engineering. The basic respect for others and their property is clearly lacking among the “peaceful protesters” in some of the nation’s major cities, as store fronts are smashed, business contents are looted, fires are set, police vehicles are destroyed, and even officers sent to defend a courthouse are blinded by the illegal use of laser pointers.

The good citizen obeys the laws, respects authority, contributes to society, has a love of country, shows courtesy and respect for the rights of others, deals with honesty and integrity, and is accountable for himself and his own actions. God asks nothing less of you. By being “subject to every human institution,” that includes everyone from the president at the top down to the dog catcher somewhere near the bottom rung of the ladder. 

When the disciple Peter wrote his first epistle, it is believed that Domitian was emperor in Rome. Through religious, military, and cultural propaganda he fostered a cult of personality, and by nominating himself perpetual censor, he sought to control public and private morals. He was popular with the people and the army, but the Roman Senate thought him a tyrant. Despite his “culture war” of the time, Peter said it was “for the Lord’s sake” that Christians be good citizens.

As a Christian whose citizenship is in Heaven, you must still live on Earth as God wants you to do. You know the truth about public and private morality, and need not follow someone because of a favored “personality.” Stand for the truth of God’s Word, and don’t be swayed from it

Pray With Us

Glorious Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus Christ so that I might indeed be a citizen of Heaven.  While I wait for His return or for my own homegoing, help me be the kind of citizen He would be proud of. Give me grace to endure those who take advantage of this great nation to only create mayhem and terror. Hold me fast by Your love, I pray,


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