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My citizenship, My country, My job description

Romans 13:1
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God

God is sovereign–completely. He doesn't make mistakes. He has a larger plan for His glory than my convenience or comfort.

He changed the course of human history through the cross not politics.
He changes lives through gospel of Christ's cross work, removing sin, redeeming, reconciling and restoring my relationship with God.

He changes families through the gospel.
He changes communities through the gospel.

Because of the gospel my citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). I am not from around here.

But he has transplanted me into my community, my country–not for my comfort, though I sure have more than I deserve.
He transplanted me here to make a different–not just for my country, but for His glory and the good of those around me.
He transplanted me here to be on mission–intentional living–until He chooses to take me to my eternal home with Him.

We don't depend on our elected officials to transform lives.
We don't depend on our elected officials to save our community or our country.

So what should change after an election?

Whether you are a democrat, republican or independent–no matter how you voted, if you are a Christian, your job description didn't change today.

May we be found faithful to our calling.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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