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Our Dual Citizenship as Christians

10/15/20 | Weekly Pastor's Email | by Eric Wakeling

    Dear Calvary Family,

    As Christians, we have "Dual Citizenship."

    The apostle Paul writes in Philippians 3:20, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” This is our primary citizenship and should be the main filter for which all of our decisions are made.

    There are no political parties in this kingdom. There are no divisions in this kingdom. We are all united as one in Jesus Christ.

    We also have been placed by God as a citizen in the nation and neighborhood where we currently live according to Paul’s words in Acts 17:26, “and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.”

    Our “dual citizenship” as Christians means our faith in Jesus guides our attitudes and engagement in every domain, including public policy. We are to “think Biblically” as dual citizens standing for justice as Abraham was once called by God to do in Genesis 18:19, “For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice.”

    We are to stand for Biblical righteousness and justice with the character of humility as described in Ephesians 4:1-3, “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

    2020 Voting and Election Resources

    With this in mind, our Calvary Church Faith and Public Policy Ministry has provided voting resources to help guide and equip our Church family through the upcoming 2020 election season. Our prayer is for God’s will to be done and for Jesus to be glorified in our neighborhoods and nation! These resources can be found at calvarylife.org/vote

    I believe that Christians should be prayerful and thoughtful about their voting decisions, even with their use of these resources. Many good Christians can disagree on what political decisions will most promote biblical values. Let’s remember this as we consider how we treat one another and discuss these issues humbly with the people in our families and circle of friends as well as on social media. May we promote the good news of Jesus more than we promote any hope we might find in a political party or leader.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you,
    Eric Wakeling