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1 Slide Show By Zeke Flores

2 Our Duty To God and Country

3 Christians Are Citizens of a Heavenly Country. We must obey God rather than men. Acts 5:29 Yet, we must Render to Caesar the things that are Caesars, and to God, the things that are Gods. Luke 20:25

4 Authority and Government Originated With God So, they are to be used in service for good –Rom 13:1-7 So too, we must use our rights as citizens in service to God. –1 Pet 2:13-17 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan. Prov 29:2

5 Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. If the next centennial does not find us a great nation... it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces. (Pres. James Garfield, July 1877)

6 It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue. (John Adams, 2 nd Pres.)

7 There are three points of doctrine the belief of which forms the foundation of all morality. The first is the existence of God; the second is the immortality of the human soul; the third is a future state of rewards and punishments. Suppose it is possible for a man to disbelieve... these three articles of faith … that man will have no conscience... (John Quincy Adams, 6 th Pres.)

8 Our liberty depends on our education, our laws, and habits... it is founded on morals and religion, whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs rulers. Fisher Ames, 1 st Amendment Framer

9 Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion...are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments. Charles Carroll, Declaration of Independence Signer

10 It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people. Richard Lee, Signer of Declaration of Independence

11 It is impossible that any people of government should ever prosper, where men render not unto God, that which is Gods, as well as to Caesar, that which is Caesars. (William Penn)

12 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. Prov 14:34 If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalm 11:3

13 What Can the Righteous Do? Pray –1 Tim 2:1-4 Teach Your Children –…bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Eph 6:4

14 What Can the Righteous Do? Get Involved! –All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. (Edmund Burke) –1 Pet 2:12, Titus 3:1

15 94% believed in God –Gallup Poll, 1986 Over 80% approved of voluntary school prayer –Compendium of American Public Opinion, 1988 81% opposed homosexual behavior –Natl Opinion Research Center, 1987 89% opposed abortion as means of birth control –Boston Globe, 10/31/1989

16 What Can the Righteous Do? Get Informed! –Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? 2 Chron19:2 –Investigate a candidates beliefs. … you will know them by their fruits Matt 7:20 Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. Eph 5:11

17 What Can the Righteous Do? Develop and Maintain A Sense Of Duty –Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

18 How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord! Psalm 144:15

19 How To Avoid Condemnation To Remove Sin You Must Believe, John 8:24 Confess, Matt 10:32 Repent, Acts 17:30 Be baptized, Acts 2:38 Christ Sin Live faithfully Live faithfully 1 John 1:7 1 John 1:7 Receive Receive Forgiveness Forgiveness Romans 8:1 …no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…

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