It’s a GOD Thing
Ugh. Being responsible for our own behavior is not a metaphor. A metaphor is defined as ‘a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable’. Being a responsible citizen should be literal to all of us. Romans 13:3 MSG "Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you’ll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you’re breaking the rules right and left, watch out.” Rule breakers, in this context, are not following the intention of the laws. Being responsible is defined as ‘having an obligation to do something, or having control over or care for someone, as part of one's job or role’. Rules or laws, in this context, are set up for our protection. Their intent is public safety. The intent we have, when we don’t follow the rules, has the opposite effect. It puts others at risk. From the simple mundane rules like running red lights, cutting in line, and not following the directions of an authority figure; to the much more complex rules involved in robberies, tax evasion and murder. Our role, as good citizens, is to follow the rules of the land. If we are conflicted or disagree with a law, we should and can encourage discussion, make our case with our respective leaders and/or run for office ourselves. Responsible citizens make the difference that they want to see by being responsible citizens. Being a good citizen is not a suggestion or even a challenge. It’s a choice. Choose to do the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do. Yep, that's right. We should be responsible citizens, simply because it’s the right thing to do. When we choose God as our guide, we should follow His guidance and that includes being responsible for our actions and behaviors as citizens. Being a responsible citizen is a good thing AND, more importantly, it’s a GOD thing.