Citizenship Responsibilities

What should America citizens do, now that America has been taken over by communists and other evil people? Do we have a responsibility or right to resist by force? Or politically?

The first question is easily dealt with: “Jesus said, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.’ ” (John 18:36)

Many Americans recited the Pledge of Allegiance as children. It’s a serious pledge, an adult’s pledge, and very young children should never have been required to recite it. Nevertheless many Americans hold it in their hearts as adults:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Under God“. America is no longer under God. Therefore our pledge of allegiance to America is null and void.

I recently posted a link to an article by Ron Matsen titled “The Downside of Democracy”, an excellent description of how and why America has reached its current dismal condition. However, Matsen ends the article with an exhortation to all Christians to evangelize the world, labelling it “the action plan for the church”, quoting to support it Paul’s exhortation to Timothy to “do the work of an evangelist”. But the Bible does not teach that all Christians are evangelists. In fact, very few in the early church or all of church history were evangelists. Further, God does not equip us for what He does not intend us to do. Therefore if we try to evangelize the world and are not personally called to evangelism by God, we will fail in our self-appointed task and also fail in whatever duties God did assign to us.

We’d be where we’re not supposed to be and not be where we’re supposed to be. In the military, that’s called dereliction of duty. Maybe even desertion.

Trying to persuade the entire Body of Christ to become evangelists is a direct defiance of God’s command through the Holy Spirit in 1st Corinthians chapter 12. We each have gifts, and we should exercise those gifts as God gives us opportunity. Trying to be something we’re not is a path to frustration and uselessness.

Matsen also suggests that we should all become political activists, but the Bible does not instruct us to do that either. From 2nd Timothy 2: “No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer … anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules … Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this … I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained … Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”

That last sentence makes it clear that political instruction is not what Paul was talking about. You don’t escape the trap of the devil by political instruction.

“Ordinary”, rank-and-file Christians are specifically instructed only to “honor Christ the Lord in your hearts as holy, always being prepared to give a well-reasoned explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect …” (1st Peter 3:15

If we do nothing more than live as holy a life as we can, and not deny the name of Jesus or be ashamed of Him or His words, we have won victory over the devil and the world.

We have done all we can do for our country. We fought politically for twelve years. Now we are to stand firm in the faith, realizing that our faith and our God have not failed us. We were not brought to faith in Jesus so that we could change the world. In fact “… this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” (1st John 3:4)

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” (Ephesians 6:13)

We fought, in every legal way. The Tea Party surge held off the radical Left for twelve years, in spite of their first fraudulent presidential victory. In this last election about 74 million Americans voted for Trump. It was only by the most massive vote fraud in American history, probably in world history, that Biden is alleged to have won. What’s left? There is no non-violent way to turn it around. Do we owe it to the Founders, to our warriors living and dead, to our children, to begin a violent revolution?

Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.”

We do have responsibilities in these last days before the Great Tribulation. As always, we are called to live holy lives and to be ready to give an explanation for the hope we have in Jesus. Those are heavy responsibilities by themselves, and more than enough to occupy us fully. And by doing these things, we may be the means by which God brings many people into His Kingdom. We will certainly be witnesses to Him and to King Jesus.

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