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Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Good Citizen

Christians identify with being law-abiding. The Bible teaches that obedience to the law is part of being a good citizen. A good citizen. Consider that. What is good citizenship in the United States? Is it turning away from Christian beliefs in order to remain peaceful? Yes, this is exactly what the state wants from us. But, is that what God wants from us; to turn away from Him in order to remain peaceful to the state? I think not.

To most Christians it is a blurry line. It is intentionally blurry. The state is not interested in encouraging Christians to follow Christian values, in fact the state has been dedicated to the destruction of Christian values for a very long time. Marriage has increasingly become a secular union, one open to their interpretation, devoid of God, devoid of Christian values.

Religion itself has been under attack for several decades, driven from the public square by atheists and Godless judges.

Christians are not obligated to turn a blind eye to the abuses of government. The Constitution promises not only the freedom of religion, to have it, but also the "free exercise thereof." To that degree, the government is in violation of the law. Is it law-abiding to cooperate with law-breaking officials? It is not.

Christians accept martyrdom, they revel in the role at times. Persecution is common outside the United States, even among European nations. America has always been safe for Christianity until recently. It was a Godly thing that it was. Americans do not appreciate their role as the Christian power among the nations, the most formidable power for Christianity on the planet. Everything has been done to diminish that role over the past decades, but consider for a moment when that is no longer true.

What is a world without the power of God given voice through the generosity of American Christians? What nation would take the place of America and make it safe for Christians? None. Would you, in the pursuit of peace, forfeit the greatest source of peace and charity the world has ever known?

From The American magazine:

Q. Are Americans more or less charitable than citizens of other countries?
A. No developed country approaches American giving. For example, in 1995 (the most recent year for which data are available), Americans gave, per capita, three and a half times as much to causes and charities as the French, seven times as much as the Germans, and 14 times as much as the Italians. Similarly, in 1998, Americans were 15 percent more likely to volunteer their time than the Dutch, 21 percent more likely than the Swiss, and 32 percent more likely than the Germans. These differences are not attributable to demographic characteristics such as education, income, age, sex, or marital status. On the contrary, if we look at two people who are identical in all these ways except that one is European and the other American, the probability is still far lower that the European will volunteer than the American.

This is the power of a Christian nation. In every socialist nation the tendency toward charity and volunteerism is miniscule compared to America.

To let this nation fall into socialism and its statist point of view is more than criminal, it is unworthy of us as Christians.

Also from The American:

The fact is that self-described “conservatives” in America are more likely to give—and give more money—than self-described “liberals.” In the year 2000, households headed by a conservative gave, on average, 30 percent more dollars to charity than households headed by a liberal. And this discrepancy in monetary donations is not simply an artifact of income differences. On the contrary, liberal families in these data earned an average of 6 percent more per year than conservative families.

These differences go beyond money. Take blood donations, for example. In 2002, conservative Americans were more likely to donate blood each year, and did so more often, than liberals. People who said they were “conservative” or “extremely conservative” made up less than one-fifth of the population, but donated more than a quarter of the blood. To put this in perspective, if political liberals and moderates gave blood like conservatives do, the blood supply in the United States would surge by nearly half.

One major explanation for the giving discrepancy between conservatives and liberals is religion. In 2004, conservatives were more than twice as likely as liberals to attend a house of worship weekly, whereas liberals were twice as likely as conservatives to attend seldom or never. There are indeed religious liberals in America, but they are currently outnumbered by religious conservatives by about four to one.

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