Is the Church in America still considered relevant? Does it have a mission beyond evangelism? What is the Church’s responsibility to a culture that is indifferent or even hostile to Biblical truth?
These questions are not unique. They have confronted Believers in every age since Christ. The people that Jesus spoke to during the Sermon on the Mount knew well the fires of political and religious persecution. Most were treated as outcasts, shunned by both the popular culture and the morally corrupt power structures. Yet far from offering a message of retreat, Jesus exhorted them to action:
You are the salt of the earth…. You are the light of the world…. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)
That Jesus refers to Christians as “salt” and “light” is a profound revelation, signifying both great privilege and great responsibility. This calling applies to Believers in every age. Describing what this calling means, in practical terms, is the purpose of this Manual for Christian Citizenship.