What if you could live in a nation whose foundation was built upon God? What if you could live in a nation whose primary leader was completely submissive to God? What if you could live in a nation whose laws were always truly good and right? What if you could live in a nation whose justice system was entirely upright? What if you could live in a nation whose good citizens always looked to God? A nation whose education system relied on the Bible? A nation where life was sacred? A nation where the leaders truly sought the best for the citizens? A nation that cared most about things Biblical, instead of things political? As much as this may seem like a fantasy, it is actually a reality.
Peter wrote these words to members of the body of Christ:
"Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the
praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his
marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9).
Figuratively, the Lord's church is a nation, which must shine as a light to all physical nations. Paul said,
"Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye
may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without
rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among
whom ye shine as lights in the world" (Philippians 2:14–15).
The Psalmist proclaimed,
"Blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah, The people
whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance" (Psalm 33:12,
In his first epistle, Peter said it this way, concerning the church,
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us
again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ
from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled,
and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you" (1:3–4).
If you are in Christ's kingdom (Acts 2:37–47; Colossians 1:13)—an holy nation—you are in: (1) A nation whose foundation is built upon God! (2) A nation whose primary leader is completely submissive to God (Jesus)! (3) A nation whose laws are always truly good and right! (4) A nation whose justice system is entirely upright! (5) A nation whose good citizens always look to God! (6) A nation whose education system relies on the Bible! (7) A nation where life is sacred! (8) A nation where the leaders truly seek the best for the citizens! (9) A nation that cares most about things Biblical, instead of things political!
Are you in the church that belongs to Christ—the one nation that is willingly under God?
Our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Savior,
the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20).
- Clifton Angel preaches for the Coldwater Church of Christ in Coldwater, MS. He may be contacted through that congregation's website: http://www.coldwatercofc.com/