Thursday we looked at the tension between what could be called biblical and American worldviews. Today I’d like to suggest how American Christians can best navigate our responsibilites to both God and country. One way to approach this topic, as I may have mentioned here before, is by analogy to a Christian’s family.
The New Testament makes clear that Christians have responsibilities to meet obligations to our families (1 Tim. 5:8). Yet we are by no means supposed to put our families ahead of our commitment to God (Matt. 10:37). At the same time, the attention we must sometimes rightly give our families takes away from time and energy we would otherwise have to devote to God’s Kingdom work (1 Cor. 7:32-34).
Pretty much the same can be said about our obligations to our country. Certainly every Christian is obligated to obey the law (Mk. 12:14-17, Rom. 13:1-7). As Americans, we have an added responsibility as voters to keep abreast of events and issues and to hold our elected representatives accountable. Of course, as with families, we should expect those obligations to take away some time from Kingdom work as well.