Hey Christian, Don’t Forget…

Hey Christian, Don’t Forget…

1. This is not your home.

1 Peter 2:11
Philippians 3:20-21

2. Real change starts with you.

1 Peter 2:11

“The focus of the New Testament is entirely upon changing hearts, not changing governments or culture.” 

larry osborne
James 1:22-25

3. The whole world is watching us.

1 Peter 2:12 
Luke 6:27-28

Our job is not to win the battle. It’s to follow God’s battle plan.

Larry osborne

When Christians face two clearly immoral options, we cannot rationalize a vote for immorality or injustice just because we deem the alternative to be worse. The Bible tells us we will be held accountable not only for the evil deeds we do but also when we “give approval to those who practice them” (Romans 1:32)

Russell moore

4. Respectfully submit to the governing authorities.

1 Peter 2:13-15 
Roman 13:1-2

5. Respectfully disobey the governing authorities.

1 Peter 2:16
Acts 5:27-28
Daniel 3:16-18

“The church of Jesus Christ ought to be the last people to fall for hucksters and demagogues. After all, the church bears the Spirit of God, who gifts the Body with discernment and wisdom. But too often we do. We receive celebrities simply because they are “conservative,” without asking what they are conserving. If you are angry with the same people we are, you must be one of us. But it would be a tragedy to get the right president, the right Congress, and the wrong Christ. That’s a very bad trade-off. The gospel makes us strange, but the gospel doesn’t make us actually crazy.”

russell moore

6. Honor, Love, & Fear

1 Peter 2:17

American Christianity cannot vote away the sufferings of Christ that we may have to share in! Much of our rhetoric is escapism vs gospel.

Eric mason

There is only one election that matters and we already got in on that.

vance pitman

May I suggest to pastors that in the quietness of your study you do this? Imagine that America collapses. First anarchy, then tyranny — from the right or the left. Imagine that religious freedom is gone. What remains for Christians is fines, prison, exile, and martyrdom. Then ask yourself this: Has my preaching been developing real, radical Christians? 

Christians who can sing on the scaffold,

Let goods and kindred go,

This mortal life also;

The body they may kill:

God’s truth abideth still;

His kingdom is forever.

Christians who will act like the believers in Hebrews 10:34: “You joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.” Christians who will face hate and reviling and exclusion for Christ’s sake and yet “rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, [their] reward is great in heaven” (Luke 6:22–23).

Have you been cultivating real Christians who see the beauty and the worth of the Son of God? Have you faithfully unfolded and heralded “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8)? Are you raising up generations of those who say with Paul, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8)?

Have you shown them that they are “sojourners and exiles” (1 Peter 2:11), and that their “citizenship is in heaven,” from which they “await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20)? Do they feel in their bones that “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21)?

Or have you neglected these greatest of all realities and repeatedly diverted their attention onto the strategies of politics? Have you inadvertently created the mindset that the greatest issue in life is saving America and its earthly benefits? Or have you shown your people that the greatest issue is exalting Christ with or without America? Have you shown them that the people who do the most good for the greatest number for the longest time (including America!) are people who have the aroma of another world with another King?”

john piper