David Grabbe, reflecting that all 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged their lives, fortune, and sacred honor to the cause, notes that nearly all had to pay the maximum price for what Britain regarded as high treason. The apostle Paul also pledged and sacrificed everything for the sake of Christ. Paul's …
We must turn from our own gossamer righteousness to God's solid righteousness, accepting a higher standard than the rest of society.
Paul warns the Philippians that nothing blemishes their witness more than complaining, because like the Israelites, they were calling God into account.
We must willing to yield to God's shaping of us, willing to be corrected and changed as He sees fit. If we become self-satisfied, He cannot work with us.
Christians have been called out of this world's politics, voting included. As ambassadors of Christ, we cannot participate in the politics of another country.
Far from being blind, faith is based on analyzing, comparing, adding up from evidence in God's Word, our own experience, and our calling by God's Holy Spirit.
We have a special calling as the firstfruits, ultimately becoming God's very offspring, patterning and conforming our lives after Jesus Christ.