As Christians we have two Passports our citizens relating to the Nation we belong to and a Kingdom one relating to our honouring Jesus as our King.
For most part there is no conflicting issue because God has clearly ordained Governance, Authority and leadership.
Romans 13 shows how we must submit to that.
God instituted rule, law and order and put men in authority to fulfil this as His servants.
Appointments to prevent anarchy and state collapse.
To restrain wickedness and uphold goodness.
To sanction punishment and reward and establish codes of good practice in society.
For that Government and leadership are accountable to God.
We too are accountable to support and submit to such authority leadership.
We submit not in cowardice but in conscience.
We do not respond with entitlement.
When all is in balance it is In line with scripture and therefore we are mindful of the importance of prayer for that outcome.
Out of balance and small mindedness, my rights mentalities can jeopardise blessing.
Although God does allow corrupt rulers and nations to accomplish His purposes, as we see in Jeremiah, He will then choose justice, exile and delay and corrects wrongs.
Clearly guiding us not to be deceived by lies.
When in exile He encourages peaceful progression amidst strangers but there will never be the same hope in our lives as there would be in our home.
If we get too comfortable in our secular living it could be a warning light because the world and its culture is not our home.
“My hope is where my home is”
In other words our home in the kingdom.
The destiny of our second passport the life of the Kingdom under Jesus’ rule and reign.
Our allegiance is to God not Babylon.
The illustration shows the Passport to the Kingdom of Jesus. Christ the way from darkness to light.
Two scriptures that come to mind:
“Every person must submit to and support the authorities over him. For there can be no authority in the universe except by God’s appointment, which means that every authority that exists has been instituted by God. So to resist authority is to resist the divine order of God, which results in severe consequences.”Romans 13:1-2 TPT
““Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream,”
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.”Jeremiah 29:11-14 ESV
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