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Aliens & Citizens by Jordan Hylden

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

If you haven’t been following Christianity Today’s “Christian Vision Project” you’ve been robbing yourself of some very good information and deep insight into how we can and should be the church in the 21st century. Yesterday I posted my review of Brian McLaren’s “Everything Must Change.” Today I read an article that helps to balance some of the imbalance I saw. You can read the article by Jordan Hylden here.
Hylden’s specific focus is on how we as followers of Jesus should interact with government. His approach is much more biblical than that espoused by McLaren. He emphasizes the fact that the Israelite exiles in Babylon were admonished to live in and pray for Babylon. As a matter of fact the heroes of Scripture from that time did just that. Think of Daniel, Nehemiah, and Esther. He also points out the Paul’s view of the Roman government was that it was in place at the will of God.
For those that follow Jesus, it is important that we remember our citizenship and ultimate loyalty are not with whatever government issued our passport. It is with God’s kingdom. Yet, to truly live out the values of God’s kingdom, Jesus’ followers should be the best possible citizens of this planet and whatever government under which they live. This includes all moral and ethical issues like the rights of the unborn, responsible care of the environment, loving the poor, etc. These are not Democrat/Republican, Left/Right, Liberal/Conservative issues. These are human issues. Issues rooted in loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and loving our neighbors as ourselves.