Kingdom Living in a Fallen World
We are citizens of the United States of America to which we pledge our allegiance. But according to Philippians 3:11, “our citizenship is in heaven” as well. Plus we live in a world that is fallen, corrupt, and in chaos. So how should we as believers in Jesus Christ live in this world that is not our true home and how should we live as citizens of God’s Kingdom? The answers to these kinds of questions are found in Romans 14:16-19.
Romans 14:10-13 (NASB)
But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.
For it is written,
"AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD,
EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME,
AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD."
So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this-- not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother's way.
Romans 14:5-9 ~ Living for the Lord with Conviction in Spite of Our Differences ~ Pastor Bill Slabaugh
Romans 14:5-9 "Living for the Lord with Conviction in Spite of Our Differences"
In our polarized nation, where many Christians are on opposite sides of so many issues and have their own strong opinions, how we go about living for Christ in spite of our differences? How do we live for the Lord with conviction? How do you live in such a way that, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God? (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Getting Along in Spite of Our Differences:
In this day of polarizing opinions—whether they are related to politics, pandemics, or protests—how do we get along in the church in spite of our differences? How do we handle our difference of opinion so that the Gospel is fully preached? So that God is glorified with one voice? How do we handle our differences so that which threatens to tear apart our nation does not tear apart the Church of Jesus Christ?
The Bible teaches that as Christians we belong to the light, not the dark. We should be awake and alert, behaving as those who have seen the light of the Gospel. We also need to get up, lay aside the deeds of darkness, and get dressed for the day by putting on the armor of light. In Romans 13:11-14 the apostle Paul tells us how we are to dress as those who walk in the light.