The Israelites were a minority in Babylon for 70 years. We catch a glimpse of God's vision for citizenship by looking at how He instructed them to live...
"This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 'Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper'" (Jeremiah 29:4-7).
This passage tells us a lot about the specifics of good citizenship. Here are four of the most obvious principles. No doubt you can think of others.
- Build houses and settle down.
- Work for a living.
- Raise families and increase in number.
- Seek the peace and prosperity of the city where you live.
So why did God give these instructions? The answer is in the last verse: because if the land prospers, so will you.
Of the following four stances toward our communities, which do you think is our best response to God's vision for citizenship?
-To withdraw -To embrace -To overthrow -To engage
Until every church disciples every man...
Patrick Morley, PhD Founder and Chairman, Man in the Mirror