Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Good Guide For November 6...And Beyond

Justin Taylor provides here a great little summary of how we, as Christians, are dual citizens. As we approach November 6, we need to understand this. Go read the whole thing, but he summarizes the paradox and tension of our dual citizenry by highlighting texts like these:
Here we have no lasting city” (Heb. 13:14). Like Abraham, we look “forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God” (Heb. 11:10).
And yet, as “sojourners and exiles (1 Pet. 2:11) we are commanded to “seek the welfare of the city . . . and pray to the LORD on its behalf” (Jer. 29:7).  ...
We are not to be of the world—but we are sent into it (John 17:15-16; cf. 1 Cor. 5:9-10).  ...
We are to keep ourselves “unstained from the world” (James 1:27)—and yet we must taste and shine like “salt and light” (Matt. 5:13-16) to a dark and rotting culture around us (cf. Phil. 2:15).
We need to grasp firmly this dual citizenship dynamic, so we can wisely navigate this election season, and beyond.

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