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In This Issue: Christian Citizenship
1. Biblical Basis for Human
Why we should obey and participate in it.
2. Our National Heritage:
Understanding our privileges and
Political Action –
3. Our Family’s
The foundation of families living Godly
4. The Preeminence of Prayer:
God’s prescribed method of political
5. Spreading the Gospel:
The only real way to influence our nation!
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Freedom; Electoral College
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“This world is not my home,
I'm just a-passing through.”
As Christians, we have dual
citizenship—earthly and heavenly.
“For our citizenship is in
heaven.” (Philippians 3:20)
Although our permanent citizenship is
above, we need to be good citizens here and
now. We should be thankful for the
benefits of freedom we enjoy.
As we approach this Presidential election,
we need not despair when we remember that God
is still in control.
“The Most High is ruler over the realm
And bestows it on whom He
wishes.” (Daniel 4:17)
We hope that this issue will furnish
thoughts and Scriptures that will help you
teach your children what kind of citizens
Christians should be, and why.
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1. The Biblical Basis
These books will help you understand
and appreciate important and relevant
of the U.S. Constitution!
George Washington and the Question of Church
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explains the history of and justification for
America's unique presidential election
Why we should obey, and participate in,
1. God is the ultimate authority over
all His creation.
“The Lord has established His throne
in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over
all.” (Psalm 22:28)
2. God establishes governments.
“Every person is to be in
to the governing authorities.
For there is no authority except from God,
and those which exist are established by
3. Human government is to punish evil
and reward good.
“Submit yourselves for the Lord's
to every human institution,
whether to a king as the one in authority,
or to governors as sent by him for the
of evildoers and the praise of those who do
(I Peter 2:13)
4. God can use even evil rulers to
accomplish His purposes.
“The Most High is ruler over the
realm of mankind,
And bestows it on whom He wishes
And sets over it the lowliest of
5. God influences the thoughts of
“The king's heart is like channels
in the hand of the Lord;
He turns it wherever He wishes.”
6. God can remove and replace rulers at
“He removes kings and establishes
7. The ideal government supports
righteousness, justice, and peace.
“First of all, then, I urge that
entreaties and prayers,
petitions and thanksgivings,
be made on behalf of all men,
for kings and all who are in authority,
so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet
in all godliness and dignity.
“This is good and acceptable
in the sight of God our Savior,
who desires all men to be saved
and to come to the knowledge of the
(I Timothy 2:1-4)
Our Duty To Obey
God's Word makes it clear that we are to
obey our government's authorities.
“Render to Caesar the things that are
and to God the things that are
(see Matthew 22:17- 21)
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s
to every human institution,
whether to a king as the one in authority,
or to governors as sent by him
for the punishment of evildoers
and the praise of those who do
(I Peter 2:13-14)
(See also Romans 13:1-7 and Titus 3:1)
When obeying the government would actually
cause you to disobey God, chose to obey God
“But Peter and the apostles answered,
‘We must obey God rather than
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2. Our National Heritage:
Understanding our privileges
Understanding our national heritage will
help your family appreciate the privileges
and responsibilities of citizens.
Our Heritage of Freedom
The freedom that we now enjoy has its
roots in history.
This includes the Jewish system of law and
justice based on the Law of Moses given by
God, the Greeks’ ideas of order and
justice, and the Romans’ concepts of
duty, authority, and rule by law.
The Bible is referred to by our founding
fathers as “the great political
textbook” giving us our ideas of
morality, justice, spiritual liberty, and the
sanctity of law.
a chart of the influence of Biblical
thought on America's legal system with Bible
This agreement between King John of England
and his subjects (1215) included three
freedoms that are very similar to Amendments
IV, V, and VI of our Constitution.
Wycliffe’s translation of the Bible
into English, Martin Luther’s 95
Theses, and Gutenberg’s invention of
the printing press enabled individuals to
break the chains of illiteracy, spiritual
ignorance, and civil tyranny.
The Edict of Nantes granted the French
Protestant Huguenots religious liberty in
1598. Although not fully enforced, it
paved the way for our First Amendment.
Our Christian Heritage
Many Americans do not realize the extent
of Christian influence on our nation’s
founding, especially since it has been
“written out” of public education
textbooks. Others either deny our
Christian foundations or seek to remove their
memory or our connection to them.
However, this nation has a rich Christian
heritage, and Christian home-school families
should be especially diligent to thoroughly
acquaint their children with it. It is
very advantageous to use Christian curriculum
in this area.
Book. Bob Jones
University Press. Christian
Online articles, such as “The
Founding Fathers on Jesus, Christianity and
the Christian testimonies of Washington
• Christian Heritage
Week. Promoting our nation's Christian
foundation with many links to other sites.
Nation Adrift DVD. From Christopher
Columbus to the present, showing God’s
sovereign hand behind the history of our
Our Duty To Vote
Voting is the process designed by our
Constitution whereby our government is
directed by us, “the
people.” Ultimately, all parts
of our government are affected by our
voting. It is a privilege and a
responsibility of every citizen to
participate in our government on all levels
and to take part in the direction our nation
Yet a significant percent of Americans do
not register or vote! This should not
be true of Christians.
Christians can impact our society and
nation if we all make a concerted effort to
cast informed votes guided by biblical
truths. We should also seek to
influence others to do the same.
sure you are registered to vote, especially
after a change of address.
your children register to vote as soon as
they turn 18, or if they will be 18 on the
next election day.
friends, support group or church members, and
neighbors to register and vote.
distribute Christian voting guides if they
are available in your area.
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David Barton of WallBuilders.
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3. Our Family's Contribution:
The foundation of individual families
living Godly lives.
The family is recognized as the basic
building block of our nation. As your family
lives Godly lives, you will be making a
strong and solid contribution to our country.
Your children's salvation is your first
priority. Then follows spiritual growth
through loving dedication and obedience to
God, knowing and speaking to God in prayer,
Christian fellowship, and ministry to others.
Teaching and training your children at
home provides the optimum opportunity for
your children's spiritual training and
character development, as well as their
social and academic welfare.
"You shall love the Lord your God with all
and with all your soul and with all your
These words, which I am commanding you
shall be on your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your
and shall talk of them when you sit in your
and when you walk by the way
and when you lie down
and when you rise up." (Deuteronomy
personal application of Scripture and guide
your children's behavior through example,
teaching, discipline, and training throughout
for your family's spiritual growth.
Saturate your family in God's Word.
Teach your children that God's Word is the
final authority for our faith and practice,
and teach them how to look up what God says
about any given thing, using Bible study
tools such as a concordance.
“And do not be conformed to this
but be transformed by the renewing of your
so that you may prove what the will of God
that which is good and acceptable and
teach, and discuss God's Word in many
situations when you are together throughout
study God’s Word together (perhaps a
formal Bible study curriculum), and help your
children memorize and meditate on God’s
4. The Preeminence of Prayer:
God’s prescribed method of political
The primary method of effecting political
change is through prayer.
“I exhort therefore, first of all,
that supplications, prayers, intercessions,
thanksgivings, be made for all men; for kings
and all that are in high places; that we may
lead a tranquil and quiet life in all
godliness and gravity.
“This is good and acceptable in the
sight of God our Savior; who would have all
men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of
the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
It is ultimately God who can “remove
kings and establish kings”
(Daniel 2:21) and influence their actions:
“The king's heart is like channels of
water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it
wherever He wishes.” (Proverbs
All of our political action is in vain if
we do not recognize God’s workings in
the affairs of men and call upon Him to help
us and our nation.
Pray for Our Leaders
for officials by name; for their salvation,
wisdom, and integrity.
Find your state representatives, local
officials, and election results online.
Pray Concerning Elections and Issues
for the election of a President who will
honor and follow the Lord and lead this
nation in His way.
that God’s will be done regarding
specific issues that face our nation at this
that godly men will be elected in all levels
that Christians will register and vote
according to the Lord's will.
that the election will be fair and free of
Pray for Revival Among Christians
“If My people, who are called by My
shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek
and turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from heaven, and will
forgive their sin,
and will heal their land.” (2
5. Spreading the Gospel:
The only real way to influence our
for time and eternity!
The main benefit of political action is
not the comfort of our freedom to do as we
choose during our brief life on earth, but
the ability to spread the Gospel for the
eternal salvation of others and “that
we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all
godliness and gravity.” (1
The proper perspective is that of
eternity. "God our Savior would have all men
to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the
We are blessed with the freedom to worship
God, to spread the Gospel, and to teach our
children at home in godly ways.
True and lasting change will only be
brought about when the people that make up
the electorate, and those that govern, both
love and obey the Lord God.
Spreading the Gospel
“Go into all the world and preach
the gospel to every creature.”
This is the Christian's great commission
and should take priority over any political
action in which we are involved.
ways your family can become involved in
different careers, including Christian
service, and encourage your children to
consider how the Lord would have them serve
to neighbors, friends, and relatives.
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to missions and encourage your missionaries.