maine outline mapLast week the citizens of Maine approved a referendum that reversed their state’s law that recognized marriage between gay and lesbian couples.

Good.  But not enough.

While many Christians and unbelievers alike voted for the referendum, the followers of Christ in Maine and every other state have a biblical mandate they must acknowledge: the primary role of the church in our world is to bring about heart-change, not simply law-change.

Standing up and speaking up for right living according to Scripture is a calling of believers, but not the main one.  Matthew 28:18-20 applies to all nations, and each of the people in those nations. 

There is an interesting and undeniable thread through the Bible that shouts God’s love and desire for human governmental leaders.  Have you ever thought about how you can be an instrument of sharing the gospel with your representatives?  What if their hearts were changed by the power of the gospel?  We should pray and act with that goal in mind (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

Expressing views on issues and voting, while encouraging others to vote, are examples of good earthly citizenship.  But a believer’s top identity is heavenly citizenship with a whole other set of priorities, attitudes and actions.

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.  Philippians 3:20, 21