Christian Civic Responsibility


   We at Chapelwood believe that civil government is necessary and divinely ordained by God.  Our government has been given three political responsibilities by its citizens:  1.  to mete out justice and to punish criminals, 2.  to maintain order and to thwart rebellion, and 3.  to defend the state by war if necessary. 

   As citizens of this great country of America, we Christians have been given a number of responsibilities.  We are called to give service and obedience to our government, inasmuch as it does not interfere with our obedience to God. 

    Christians have a responsibility to work within governmental structures to bring about change.   Our right to vote is of utmost importance, and we should never neglect to pray for our country and its leaders.  Having a Christian world view, being involved politically, and seeking reform are legitimate means of Christian service.  "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."  Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

   As Americans, we "stand on the shoulder's of giants".  Most of our  founding fathers were great men of God who fully intended that our federal, state and local governments be based on Christian principles. 

"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."       The Honorable John Jay, original Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court 

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.  In vein would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars.  Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion."  President George Washington, 1796 farewell address

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and a religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."  President John Adams

"He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world."  Benjamin Franklin


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