Read Ecclesiastes 8:1-5
“I counsel thee to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God” (v. 2).
“Oh, I don't get involved in politics,” she said to me, punctuated with an attitude that this somehow made her holier. But God's Word is clear regarding our duties of citizenship. Foremost is the responsibility to intercede to the Father on our country's behalf. But there are also practical duties of a citizen. Do you know what they are? The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website lists the responsibilities of all citizens, including the following:

  • Support and defend the Constitution;
  • Stay informed of the issues affecting your community;
  • Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws;
  • Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others;
  • Pay required taxes honestly, and on time;
  • Serve on a jury or as a witness when summoned;
  • Defend the country, if the need should arise;
  • Participate in the democratic process by voting and/or running for office.

It would be well for those of us who live in America to express our gratefulness for the opportunity to live in a free and prosperous nation by enthusiastically embracing the responsibilities of our citizenship to this country. If you do not live in the USA, check to see what responsibilities your immigration service outlines for new citizens. (Faith Trussel)
Thy Name we bless, Almighty God, for all the kindness Thou hast shown To this fair land, the pilgrims trod, this land we fondly call our own. — Alfred Woodhull
This devotional is the Monday, May 22, 2017 entry of Opening the Word.