The Responsibilities of Citizenship


A stranger in town

I just watched A Stranger in Town.  It is a 1943 movie starring Frank Morgan as Justice Grant.  The final scene of the movie sums up what the citizens of the United States of America need to hear.

“Like all of you, I am a citizen of this country. That is no little honor. Men have fought revolutions and died to be called citizen. And as citizens, we carry a burning responsibility.  It means that when we elect men to public office, we cannot do it as lightly as we flip a coin. It means that after we’ve elected them we can’t sit back and say our job is done, what they do now doesn’t concern us. That philosophy of indifference is what the enemies of decent government want.  If we allow them to have their way to grow strong and vicious, then the heroic struggle which welded thousands of lovely towns like this into a great nation means nothing. Then we’re not citizens, we’re traitors. The great liberties by which we live have been bought with blood. The kind of government we get is the kind of government we want. Government of the people, by the people, for the people can mean any kind of government.  It is our duty to make it mean only one kind. Uncorrupted, free, united.”

As American citizens, we do have a responsibility to each other and to the generations to come.  There is no room for dull complacency any more, considering where it has taken this nation up to this point. Speak up for your beliefs. Remember, evil prevails when good men do nothing.  This movie was an excellent example of that.

Taking this a step further, as Christians, we walk each day with the knowledge that Jesus died for us.  Our salvation has been purchased with blood.  Ask yourself, how can I honor that sacrifice?  At this crossroads is an opportunity to worship the Lord through our actions.  The philosophy of indifference in our spiritual lives will not further the cause of Christ.  If Christians remain silent, we will loose our freedom to worship God.  If we remain silent, we will loose the right to assemble in His name.  If we remain silent, sharing the Gospels could become illegal.  The choice is yours.

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