I. CHRISTIANS ARE TO INFLUENCE THE SOCIETY THEY LIVE IN
A. Believers are to influence the world around them as salt does food (Matt. 5:13) . “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”
B. . Believers are to illuminate the path of righteousness just as light does a physical pathway (Matt. 5:14) “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
C. One of the responsibilities Christians have is to fulfill civic responsibilities (like voting) (Matt. 22:21) .
II. CHRISTIANS ARE TO PRAY FOR THEIR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS (1 Tim. 2:1-3).”Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior”
III. CHRISTIANS SHOULD ENDEAVOR TO LIVE THEIR LIVES SO THAT GOD CAN AND WILL BLESS THEM AND THEIR NATION (EPH. 5:1-13).
A. Follow God
B. Walk in love
C. Avoid immorality
D. Reject deception
E. Live separated lives
F. Expose the works of darkness