Monday, October 22, 2012

Seek the Peace of the City

“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:7, nasb).

As Christians our citizenship is in Heaven.  Here we are exiles, and as exiles we are to seek the peace and welfare wherever we live to the glory of God.

We need to be careful in how we handle our responsibility and stewardship of the country we live, we should pray, to vote, and to be involved in caring for others around us.

For example, in many countries leaders are elected.  In the US, UK, and Canada we are responsible to elect those who lead, therefore, we are responsible for the character of leadership, such as Senators, those who serve us in the House of Representatives, the President or Prime Minister.  We are not to sit idly by and let the people of our country suffer because we are not concerned about politics.  We are exiles here, and under God we are to seek the peace and welfare of the country where we live.

Yes, the gospel is predominate and as “gospel people,” we are to walk in good works  by seeking the welfare of our city, county, state, province, and country.

Ephesians 2:8-10, nasb, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

(Recently my wife and I heard a message by Dr. Michael Yousseff, pastor of a large church in Atlanta, on this same theme.  He is also the Director of Leading the Way,an immigrant from Egypt, now a citizen of the US.)

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