Mix & Match
God & Country | Mix & Match Part 2 | St. George
1 Peter 2:9-10
The more it gets mixed up, the more it gets MESSED up.
Deuteronomy 28:1-15 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God…However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you.
That is not our COVENANT.
The laws that dealt with Israel as a state are no longer applicable because Christians are not a state. – D.A. Carson
Believe every national disaster is a curse for sin...
Fear God’s punishment for disobedience and…
Ask God to bless only one nation…
That’s MIX N’ MATCH.
Acts 10:14-15 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
Acts 10:27-29 While talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.
God’s people are no longer united by ETHNICITY but MERCY.
1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
God isn’t looking to bless a nation; he has already blessed people from EVERY nation.
The church is not an ethnic nation with a civil government in a home land. We are exiles and sojourners, refugees representing a heavenly citizenship. – D.A. Carson
1 Peter 2:11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
The New Covenant Ethic: If it’s not good for THEM, it’s a SIN.
Revelation 7:9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.
BOTTOM LINE: Our world won’t understand this until WE do.